Correctional Services Department

Surprise urine checks aimed at potential relapse offenders

Rehabilitation authorities are stepping up surprise urine checks on discharged drug offenders to tighten scrutiny of potential relapses. Photo: Nora Tam

Rehabilitation authorities are stepping up surprise urine checks on discharged drug offenders to tighten scrutiny of potential relapses. Two former prison officers were jailed last year for falsifying specimens.

Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 5:52am

Officers happy to hand over job

This body scanner at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre can scan a body for hidden drugs in about 15 seconds. Photo: Dickson Lee

An X-ray machine to detect drugs has been installed at a remand centre, much to the relief of prison officers who previously had to do manual rectum searches of the inmates.

"The manual process in the past was quite noxious," said Commissioner of Correctional Services Sin Yat-kin.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:23am

Former CSD officers jailed for faking drug tests

Former correctional services officer Tang Kwai-man. Photo: May Tse

Two ex-correctional services officers were sentenced to three months in jail on Friday, for falsifying urine samples taken from released drug offenders.

Tang Kwai-man and Leung Siu-wing were each convicted in Eastern Court on one count of misconduct in public office, and were granted bail pending appeal.

5 Oct 2012 - 4:28pm

New prison guards must take ethics lessons

New prison officers are studying ethics as part of their training in the wake of the jailing of two officers for taking bribes.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'Mainland mums not trying for jail terms'

Five mainland women have given birth in jail in Hong Kong in each of the last two years, but prison officials said yesterday there was no reason to fear mainland mothers-to-be might deliberately commit crimes punishable by a jail term in the hope of obtaining free obstetric services and the right of abode for their babies.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Prisoners petition to make calls legal right

About 30 prisoners have signed a petition urging lawmakers to grant them the legal right to make telephone calls home.

This comes after talks between a human rights group and the Correctional Services Department over granting an increase in the number of such calls broke down last month.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Services asked to relax entry rules for minorities

The Immigration and Customs Departments could follow the lead of the police and the prison service by opening their doors to ethnic minorities, according to the Equal Opportunities Commission.

Growing demands being placed on the disciplined services by minority groups meant these services should revise their recruitment policies, EOC chairman Lam Woon-kwong said yesterday.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

CSD officers benefit from job rotation

Working at the Correctional Services Department (CSD) could be tough, but it is exactly the challenges and diverse tasks that make its officers motivated.

Before being appointed to her current position as officer at CSD's staff training institute in Stanley, Carman Ching Ka-man worked in a psychological services team that rehabilitated drug addicts.

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Facing up to challenges

Officers at the Correctional Services Department (CSD) have responsibilities that go beyond enforcing law and order.

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Guards' working day not such a trial

Hong Kong's prison officers are feeling hard done by.

The daily grind of travelling to work, six-day shifts and irregular meal times is taking such a toll on the men and women who help keep us safe in our beds at night that they want an hour shaved off their working week.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Mindset on prisoner suicides has to change

A coroner's hearing into five recent jail deaths by suicide - four of them in the maximum-security Stanley Prison - served as a reminder that incarceration can be an emotional and physical ordeal, especially for vulnerable people. A finding that negligence and red tape hindered timely medical aid to inmates who hanged themselves made disturbing reading.

12 May 2011 - 12:00am

World Cup a gambling headache for city's prisons

Gambling on soccer is banned in Hong Kong's prisons but inmates go to great lengths to avoid detection by officers - even using secret codes to place bets.

29 May 2010 - 12:00am

Prisoners' children suffer as well: study

A support group for prisoners' children says the lack of physical contact and support from their imprisoned parents is causing behavioural and developmental problems.

23 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Inmate on the run from centre

The Correctional Services Department is investigating how a 19-year-old woman inmate escaped from a minimum-security rehabilitation centre at Tai Lam yesterday. A department spokesman said the inmate, surnamed Cheung, went missing at about 12.30pm after going to the toilet during induction training at the Wai Lan Rehabilitation Centre.

2 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The photo accompanying the report headlined 'Mong Kok video link takes legwork out of prison visits' on C3 yesterday should have been credited to the Correctional Services Department.

30 Jan 2007 - 12:00am