Correctional Services

Life a drag at Hong Kong's first non-smoking jail

Life a drag at Hong Kong's first non-smoking jail

The Tung Tau Correctional Institution at Stanley is the city's first non-smoking prison, the latest bid to end smoking in jails. But the Correctional Services Department says smokers will not be forced to give up - those determined to continue will be sent elsewhere, while those who want to quit will be given counselling and support.

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Letters to the Editor, April 8, 2013

Ex-president Joseph Estrada is seeking office. Photo: EPA

It would seem on the surface that all Hong Kong students receive the same education, but there are wide disparities - and the stories of the two students in your article are a good example.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am

Prisoners cook meals for Charity Canteen at Stanley fair

A visitor is directed to a table in the 'Charity Canteen'. Photo: Sam Tsang

Innocent members of the public were given a taste of prison life yesterday.

They were marched into the "Charity Canteen" at the Correctional Services Department's celebration fair at Stanley.

4 Nov 2012 - 4:13am

New chief vows to tackle prison overcrowding

Ageing institutions to be redeveloped and expanded

To combat overcrowding in the city's prisons, the Correctional Services Department will continue to redevelop and expand ageing institutions, the new prisons commissioner vowed yesterday.

31 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Humane approach to prison-leave requests

I refer to your report 'Prison officials stop drug offender from attending father's funeral' (South China Morning Post, May 27). As Tam's case has been resolved satisfactorily after we received fresh information from his sister to support his application, I would prefer not to discuss this individual case in this letter.

30 May 2002 - 12:00am

Copy catch

I refer to the letter by Lam Fai for the Commissioner of Correctional Services ('Standard rate', South China Morning Post, August 19). Although the charge for photocopying as stated in the letter is $1.50 after the first 20 photocopies ($6.50 per copy for the first 20 copies), it is still higher than those charged by most photocopy centres.

25 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Standard rate

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Inflated charge' (South China Morning Post, August 10).

19 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Security chief to view prison brawl report

The Secretary for Security has asked to read a report into a Lantau prison brawl involving guards and inmates.

Twenty-one inmates were injured, two seriously, in the fight between local groups and illegal immigrants at Ma Po Ping prison on July 27, during which Correctional Services Department (CSD) officers were accused of using excessive force.

13 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Language lessons for prisoners attacked

A charitable donation to help convicted criminals learn foreign languages was criticised yesterday as diverting money from more worthy charities.

The Correctional Services Department said $3 million donated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club would be used to fund three language laboratories to teach prisoners Putonghua, English and Japanese.

29 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Guards accused in escape inquiry

AN inquiry into last month's mass escape of 90 Vietnamese boat peopl from High Island detention centre yesterday demanded a full security review at the camp.

The 80-page report on the breakout before dawn on July 16 contains strong criticism, much of it aimed at lax management.

And it calls for a full security review at the camp.

26 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Thankless assignment for CSD officers

FOLLOWING the report of the two Justices of the Peace into the Whitehead detention centre raid, there were calls from many quarters, for the resignation of the Commissioner of Correctional Services, Mr Eric McCosh.

8 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Learn from incident

WE refer to the ''Whitehead incident'' of April 7, in which approximately 1,200 Correctional Services Department (CSD) employees and officers forcibly removed 1,500 Vietnamese detainees from Section 7 to High Island Detention Centre. This ''transfer operation'' was conducted without notice to those who were moved by the arrival of uniformed, armed officers (in full riot gear) at dawn.

21 May 1994 - 12:00am

System undermined

THE Commissioner of Correctional Services spoke about possible prison anarchy brought about by the Bill of Rights (South China Morning Post, January 10).

He is no alarmist. As a front-line correctional officer, I fully support what he says.

The job of the correctional officer has never been easy. It has been made more difficult by the Bill of Rights.

21 Jan 1994 - 12:00am