Hong Kong Correctional Services

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For the department in Jamaica, see Department of Correctional Services, Jamaica.
Hong Kong Correctional Services

HK Correctional Services Logo.svg
Agency overview
Formed 1879
Jurisdiction  Hong Kong
Headquarters 23rd, 24th and 27th Floors, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Employees 6,659
Minister responsible Lai Tung-kwok, Secretary for Security
Agency executives Leung-ming Kwok, Commissioner
Yat Kin Sin, Deputy Commissioner
Website www.csd.gov.hk/

Hong Kong Correctional Services (also called Correctional Services Department, CSD, 懲教署) is responsible for prisoners and prisons in Hong Kong. The Commissioner of Correctional Services reports to the Secretary for Security.

Although the Chief Magistrate was given control over prisons in 1841, the legislation to create the department did not come into being until 1853. CSD was part of the Hong Kong Police Force until 1879 when the role of Superintendent of the Gaol was created. [This seems incorrect, as there were Superintendents of the Gaol prior to 1879. Example: CO129/108, pp 296–298 1865-03-15. SUPERINTENDENTS OF VICTORIA GAOL - SALARY INCREASE]


As with all of the HK Disciplined Forces, British-pattern rank insignia continue to be utilised, with the only change being the exchange of the St. Edward's Crown for the Bauhinia flower crest in 1997.

  • Commissioner of Correctional Services (similar insignia to a UK General)
  • Deputy Commissioner (similar insignia to a UK Lieutenant-General)
  • Assistant Commissioner (similar insignia to a UK Major-General)
  • Chief Superintendent (similar insignia to a UK Colonel)
  • Senior Superintendent (similar insignia to a UK Lieutenant-Colonel)
  • Superintendent (similar insignia to a UK Major)
  • Chief Officer (similar insignia to a UK Captain)
  • Principal Officer (similar insignia to a UK Lieutenant with a bar beneath)
  • Officer (similar insignia to a UK Lieutenant)
  • Probationary Officer (similar insignia to a UK Second Lieutenant)
  • Assistant Officer Class I (similar insignia to a UK Sergeant)
  • Assistant Officer Class II (similar to a UK Private)



Name of Facility Location Years of Operation Facility Type Capacity Status
Shek Pik Prison Shek Pik 1974–present Maximum security institution 426 active
Sha Tsui Detention Centre Sek Pik 1972–present Minimum security institution opened in 1972 146 active
Ma Po Ping Prison Ma Po Ping 1966–present Medium security institution 650 active
Tong Fuk Centre Tong Fuk 1966–present Medium security institution 400 active
La Chi Rehab Centre Sek Pik 2002–present Rehab Centre 70 active
Chi Ma Wan Correctional Institution Chi Ma Wan 1994–present Medium security institution 312 female prisoners active
Chi Sun Correctional Institution Chi Ma Wan 2005–present Minimum security institution 350 female prisoners active
New Territories
Name of Facility Location Years of Operation Facility Type Capacity Status
Bauhinia House Tai Lam Chung 1984–present Half-way House 70 active; moved to current location in 2002
Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre 2005–present Minimum security institution 384 active
Lai King Training Centre Kwai Chung 2008–present Minimum security institution 200 female inmates active
Chi Lan Rehab Centre Kwai Chung 2008–present rehab centre 40 active; relocated from Shek O (2002-2008)
Pik Uk Correctional Institution Sai Kung 1975–present Maximum security institution 385 active
Pik Uk Prison Sai Kung 1975–present Minimum security prison 600 active
Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre Tai Lam Chung 1972–present Maximum security institution 262 active
Tai Lam Centre for Women Tai Lam Chung 1969–present Maximum security institution 263 active
Tai Lam Correctional Institution Tai Lam Chung 1980–present Minimum security institution 748 active
Tai Lam Drug Addiction Treatment Centre Tai Lam Chung 1969–present Drug Addiction Treatment Centre N/A active
Wai Lam Rehab Centre Tai Lam Chung 2002–present Minimum security institution 24 active
Lo Wu Correctional Institution Lo Wu 1997-2008 minimum security institution 182 closed; re-built at another location
Name of Facility Location Years of Operation Facility Type Capacity Status
Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre Lai Chi Kok 1977–present Maximum security institution 1084 active
Lai Chi Kok Correctional Institution Lai Chi Kok 2006–present Medium security institution 600 female prisoners active
Lai Chi Kok Prison for Women Lai Chi Kok 1932-2006 Medium security institution N/A closed
Lai Hang Rehab Centre Tai Wo Ping 2002–present Rehab Centre 70 active
Phoenix House Tai Wo Ping 1983–present Half-way house 40 active
Pelican House Tai Wo Ping 1995–present Half-way house 70 active; moved to location in 2004
Hong Kong Island
Name of Facility Location Years of Operation Facility Type Capacity Status
Cape Collison Correctional Institution Cape Collison 1958–present Training centre 192 active
Chi Lan Rehab Centre Shek O 2002-2008 rehab centre 40 relocated to Kwai Chung 2008
Green Island Reception Centre Green Island 1970s-present immigration detention centre 700 inactive
Ma Hang Prison Stanley 1974–present Minimum security institution 220 mainly elderly prisoners active
Pak Sha Wan Correctional Institution Stanley 1999–present Medium security institution 424 active
Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution Tai Tam Gap 1980–present Minimum security institution  ? relocated as Lai King Correctional Institution in 2008
Tung Tau Correctional Institution Stanley 1982–present Minimum security institution 500 active
Victoria Prison Central 1841-2005 Maximum security institution 800? closed; see publication entitled "Victoria Prison Memorial Book" published by the CSD and available from the Correctional Services Museum Gift Shop at the Stanley Prison.
Stanley Prison Stanley 1937–present Maximum security institution 1544 active
Hei Ling Chau
Name of Facility Location Years of Operation Facility Type Capacity Status
Lai Sun Correctional Institution Hei Ling Chau 1984–present Minimum security institution 182 now functions as a Pre-release Vocational Training Centre for adult prisoners
Hei Ling Chau Correctional Institution Hei Ling Chau 1984–present Medium security institution 532 active
Hei Ling Chau Addiction Treatment Centre and Annex Hei Ling Chau 1975–present Drug Addiction Treatment Centre 688; 236 in annex active
Vietnamese detention centre
Name of Facility Location Years of Operation Facility Type Capacity Status
Kai Tak Camp Kai Tak Airport, Kowloon 1973-1998 Vietnamese detention centre  ? closed
Shek Kong Airfield Sek Kong 1988-1992 temporary refugee centre  ? closed and return to RAF; now PLAAF base
High Island Detention Centre High Island, NT 1988-1998 Vietnamese detention centre 7000 Closed; site now Hong Kong Jockey Club High Island Training Camp
Whitehead Detention Centre Starfish Bay, Ma On Shan 1988-1998 Vietnamese detention centre 5500 closed; site being redeveloped
Tai A Chau Detention Centre Tai A Chau (Soko Group) 1988-1996 detention centre 5500 closed; plans are to re-develop site for tourism


Badge of the Correctional Service Department before 1 July 1997.
Flag of the Correctional Service Department before 1 July 1997.

The current crest of the force was adopted in 1997 to replace most of the colonial symbols:

  • St Edward's Crown replace with Bauhinia
  • Laurel wreath added with badge with wording Correctional Services Hong Kong" with Correctional Services 懲教署 circling a Compass rose
  • Motto added with wording "Hong Kong 香港"

Source: Correctional Services Department Hong Kong


The CSD officers are trained in the use of, and issued, revolvers as lethal sidearms, the ASP expendable baton and the Sabre Red pepper spray for less-than-lethal options while a type of pepper gun and the rubber pellet rifle is the standard-issue equipment aside from the pepper spray for the anti-riot elite team officers, known as the CERT. Officers are also trained on shoulder weapons such as shotguns and rifles aside from handguns, but the long arms are rarely used.

While most members of the CSD are armed with pepper spray and the expandable baton to encounter situation that prisoners escape or violence to other prisoners, revolvers are issued to the staffs that escorting prisoners or stationed at the watchtower of the maximum security prisons. Firearms are authorized to use under their senior officers' observation when the prisoners escape from, otherwise, engaging riots or the prisoners damaging the prison.

  • Smith & Wesson Model 10- Standard issue sidearm for all CSD officers, 6 shot .38 revolver.
  • Remington 870- Standard issue shotgun, loaded with 12 Gauge rounds.
  • Ruger Mini-14- Standard issue rifle, loaded with 5.56x45 round magazines, only to be issued as a final resort.


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