Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday announced that all jails in the State would have videoconferencing facility from next year. He also inaugurated 56 telephone exchanges at 30 jails, canteen facility for prisoners in 11 jails and laid foundation stones for multipurpose auditoriums at eight Central jails of the State.“Jail reforms have been going on ever since my government had come to power but the biggest reform will be when a change in prisoner’s thinking would come… by next year all jails in the State will have videoconferencing facility, which would do away with the need for taking undertrials to the court for hearing of their cases. This will also ensure speedy dispensation of justice,” the Chief Minister said while inaugurating the newly constructed building of Bihar Sudharatmak Prashashanik Sansthan (Bihar Institute of Correctional Administration), the State’s first green building, at Hajipur in Vaishali district. Mr. Kumar further said that he himself had gone to jail during Emergency time “had seen the problems of non-political prisoners from close quarters”, adding that his government has introduced several changes in the jail manual and brought in reforms.The Chief Minister said Bihar was the first State which set up an open jail at Buxar. “Tents and blankets made by prisoners at this jail are rated as one of the finest… during my Vikas Yatra, I had stayed at various places in tents made by prisoners of Buxar jail,” he recalled.