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Hei Ling Chau

Green groups have remained silent on destructive effects of super-incinerator

No doubt, R. E. J.

Sunday, 29 January, 2012, 12:00am

Hei Ling Chau jail is new treatment centre for young addicts

Prison chiefs have turned a Hei Ling Chau jail into a drug treatment centre for convicted juveniles - the first of its kind in Hong Kong.

Authorities were forced to act after the number of jailed young addicts soared 60 per cent, from 206 in 2008 to 329 last year, and they opted to make the Lau Sun Correctional Institution solely a centre for male inmates aged 14 to 21.

29 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Random testing will not solve serious teen drug problem

I refer to Michael Chugani's Public Eye column ('Drugs have church in a muddle', August 5) on the issue of random drug testing of students.

I thank him for his request to readers to pray for the Catholic Church. We all need prayers.

I am a Catholic priest and have been working in Hong Kong for the past 18 years.

11 Aug 2009 - 12:00am


Removal of boat in typhoon shelter delayed by storms

I wish to thank John Barnes for his views on vessels moored in the Hei Ling Chau typhoon shelter ('Department slammed', October 12), specifically regarding a vessel, the Gulf No16, which was found listing after the passage of Typhoon Kammuri in mid-August. I would like to respond to the questions posed.

19 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Abandoned ship leaking fuel may soon sink out of sight

A half-sunken ship leaking oil is still 'undergoing repairs' in the Hei Ling Chau typhoon shelter and may soon be completely submerged.

5 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Prison officers promoted

The Correctional Services Department announced the promotion of two senior superintendents. The two officers are Lam Kwok-leung, 46, who is now a senior superintendent, and Cheung Kwong-kei, 47, who is senior superintendent of Hei Ling Chau Correctional Institution. Mr Lam joined the department in 1984 and Mr Cheung in 1981.

26 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Women's jails will stay crowded for years

Overcrowding in Hong Kong's packed women's prisons is likely to continue for years until it is eased by redevelopment of ageing jails.

Correctional Services Department figures show that the occupancy rate at the territory's six female prisons last year topped 118.9 per cent, with one, the Tai Lam Centre for Women, holding 473 inmates despite being designed for 263.

18 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Recovering addicts build plaza and self-esteem

About 200 recovering drug addicts have built a square for a giant Buddha statue, hoping to heal their souls.

10 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Mong Kok video link takes legwork out of prison visits

Each day in a small room in Mong Kok, relatives, friends and partners of prisoners take turns sitting before a video monitor to chat to inmates in prisons throughout Hong Kong.

According to the latest figures released by the Correctional Services Department (CSD), 1,100 visitors last year chatted via video with prisoners in nine institutions.

29 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Revamped jail gives inmates new lease of life

A former juvenile prison reopened yesterday as the city's first full-time vocational centre for adult prisoners about to be released.

The one-time Lai Sun Correctional Institution on Hei Ling Chau can provide training for up to 260 male inmates.

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am


Hong Kong's outlying islands paint an inviting picture - remote, lush and sparsely populated. For weekend tourists anxious for a break from the city, trips to these islands are both adventure and escape. For island residents they are home, joined to Hong Kong proper by a fragile lifeline of sampan services.

8 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Victory for opponents of island superjail

Facing stiff opposition, Security Bureau shelves proposal for Hei Ling Chau

The superjail project proposed for Hei Ling Chau has been shelved in the face of fierce opposition, the Security Bureau announced yesterday.

The bureau will explore other options, including development of some existing penal sites, to ease prison overcrowding.

13 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Jail proponents ARE prisoners to detail

The LoDown has obtained the minutes of a meeting between the concern group Save the Shoreline and Security Bureau officials over the controversial super-jail plan for Hei Ling Chau. Some of the questions and answers are remarkable.

The Green guy: Why can't the prison be built in China?

The government guy: Then we would have to agree to let China build one here.

17 Jul 2004 - 12:00am


Q Should the super-jail project be scaled down?

The Citizens Party objects to the project in regard to the process of site selection and the choice of Hei Ling Chau itself.

We are not disagreeing that there may be a need for a new prison. However, according to the government plan, the proposed new prison will not be available until 2012.

17 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

talk back

Q Should the Hei Ling Chau super-jail project be scaled down?

The Hei Ling Chau super-jail project should be scaled down because such a big jail carries the image of a concentration camp. It may make the prisoners feel like they're being exiled. I understand that the present prisons will be full in the near future.

15 Jul 2004 - 12:00am