Hong Kong Correctional Services

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.

Friday, 27 July, 2012, 12:00am

Inmates 'serve' their time in jail

Wearing a crisp waiter's uniform, 36-year-old Ah Fai expertly folds two napkins into fan shapes, arranges chopsticks on the table and then serves a fried pork dish. He's not working in a restaurant, though - Fai is doing this behind bars.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Prison officers jailed for bribery

Two prison officers who asked an inmate and her boyfriend for cash and expensive gifts after illicitly relaying messages for them had 'brought shame on the Correctional Services Department', a judge said as he jailed the pair yesterday.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Row over Bokhary's extra jail visits

Extra visits to prisoners are commonly allowed in the interest of their rehabilitation and relationships with their families, the government said yesterday amid media reports over extra visits paid to judge's niece Amina Mariam Bokhary.

31 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

New green jail offers a more humane look

Life behind bars was never supposed to be easy, but no one said it couldn't be breezy.

A wind of change may be about to sweep through Hong Kong's prison system after the completion of a jail which promotes open space - up to a point, of course - the environment and energy-saving.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Prisoner ate large drugs haul to smuggle into jail

A prisoner on remand is suspected of smuggling an unusually large amount of drugs into jail by swallowing them after 26 pellets of a substance believed to be heroin were found in his faeces.

Officers at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre say the amount of the drug was 10 times the amount usually seen in such cases.

26 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Give me a chance, says freed ex-dean

The former dean of the University of Hong Kong's medical school, who has been released early from prison, says he wants to make a contribution to society.

12 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Worker injured in Lantau prison attack

An inmate at the maximum-security Shek Pik Prison on Lantau attacked a jail worker with a toilet bowl fragment yesterday morning, injuring his head and arm. The assault took place as staff searched the inmate in his cell, the Correctional Services Department said. The injured worker was treated at Princess Margaret Hospital. The inmate and another hurt jail worker were treated in jail.

6 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Inmate found with heroin tablets

Six tablets of suspected heroin wrapped in plastic were passed by an inmate at the Tai Lam Centre for Women on Friday. The 33-year-old woman, charged with possessing dangerous drugs, was suspected of swallowing the drugs before being taken to the centre last Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Correctional Services Department said the incident had been reported to police.

31 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Detainee 'passes' pack of heroin

A detainee in the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre is under investigation after he excreted a pack of suspected heroin yesterday, the Correctional Services Department says. The man, surnamed Ng, 39, was admitted to the centre on February 12 on a charge of trafficking in a dangerous drug.

19 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Complaints over strip searches and insults

The Society for Community Organisation has received 22 complaints this year from asylum seekers over strip searches and inhumane treatment. It said the victims also had to endure insulting comments from watching immigration and correctional services officers.

25 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Ex-prison officer fights forced retirement

A former principal correctional services officer is seeking a judicial review of the Civil Service Bureau's decision to require him to take early retirement after he was convicted of accepting a HK$200,000 loan from a subordinate's stepmother who was also the mother of an inmate.

20 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Law vague on confinement issue

A legal loophole that makes it difficult to ensure that potentially dangerous mental patients are securely confined - after being acquitted of a serious offence on a technicality - has been thrown into focus by the case of Ng Mei-lan.

3 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Man dies while on remand in drugs case

A man, 57, on remand in connection with a drug-trafficking case, is dead after being found unresponsive in his Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre cell at 6.52am yesterday. Surnamed Lee, the man was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital, where he was declared dead. The Correctional Services Department said an inquest would be held.

6 Feb 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