Zambia correctional Service

Some of the services the ZCS provides are tabulated below:

  1. Service Name:

Offender management

  1. Short Description

The Offender Management Unit (O.M.U) was established in 2002 to offer correctional services to Inmates. Later on it was legislated in the Prisons Amendment Act of 2004 to rehabilitate, reform and reintegrate offenders into the community as self-reliant, productive and law abiding citizens. The Unit falls under the Corrections and Extension Services Directorate headed by a Commissioner.

  1. Full Description

The Unit carries out the following functions:

Inmate care: It ensures humane custody of inmates by ensuring inmates are provided with cell accommodation; decent food; uniforms and beddings.

Behavioural modification: this is achieved through provision of counseling services.

Psychosocial counseling: This is achieved through reception and discharge boards for case flow management and placing inmates on treatment programmes.

Human development: This is accomplished involving literacy development, educational classes, entrepreneurial skills and career development and guidance. Further, Special need offenders are given preferential treatment to vulnerable inmates such as the aged, HEPs, juveniles, pregnant Females, differently abled, terminally ill and circumstantial children.

Psychosocial therapy is also given to unlearn the deviant and self-destructive behavior.

Reintegration offers inmates services such as family tie-ups, restorative justice and After Care.

  1. Category

Internal security of the Nation

  1. Supporting documents/Requirements:

 

  1. URL: www.zambiacorrections.gov.zm
  2. User of the service
  3. Government Ministries
  4. Non-governmental organisations
  5. other cooperating partners
  6. Ministry/Institution

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  1. Service Name

Inmates’ Education

  1. Short Description

This is education both formal and informal given to inmates during their period of incarceration. It also includes skills training

  1. Full Description

The service is given to adult inmates to read and write, primary education (Grade 1 -7), Secondary education (Grade 8-12), Tertiary education (College / University) and After Care Service to pardoned/Discharged/ex-offenders. Examinations are also provided to obtain educational certificates. Re-orientation of teachers in correctional centers is done to provide them with relevant skills of handling inmates. Counseling and guidance is also provided to inmates besides education so as to have necessary probing and emotive skills which would in turn increase enrolment, retention and progression levels of learners to move closer to what is emphasized in the correctional approach to justice.  The Unit also falls under the Directorate of Corrections and Extension Services.

  1. Category

Human Development

  1. Supporting documents/Requirements
  2. URL:www.zambiacorrections.gov.zm
  3. User of the service
  4. Government ministries
  5. Non-governmental organisation
  6. Other cooperating partners
  7. Ministry/Institution

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  1. Service name

Chaplaincy

  1. Short Description

Chaplaincy is a specialized Unit that is charged with the responsibility of providing spiritual support, guidance and care to officers and inmates. It is very crucial in the reformation process of offenders.

  1. Full Description

The Chaplaincy involves proclaiming the gospel to the Inmates, Officers and their families. It also involves Pastoral care and counseling to the Inmates, Officers and their families. In addition, it includes facilitation of theological/Biblical course for Inmates and Reintegrating Inmates into the Society including Community awareness and sensitization on the Spiritual and physical welfare of Inmates

Category

Spiritual welfare/rehabilitation

  1. Supporting documents/Requirements
  2. URL: zambiacorrections.gov.zm
  3. User of the service
  4. Church mother bodies and other faith based organisations
  5. Government ministries
  6. inmates
  7. Ministry/Institution

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  1. Service Name

Parole

  1. Short Description

Parole is defined as the conditional release from a prison/correctional Centre of a convicted offender serving a sentence of two years and above and remaining with only six months to be discharged.

  1. Full Description

The Prisoner is released conditionally to serve the remainder of his sentence in his community under supervision by a parole officer. Parole has existed in the Zambian legislation since independence and was provided for under section 114 of the Prisons Act.

Parole in Zambia was operationalized in 2009 when the Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) started supporting the National Parole Board through the Access to Justice Programme with funds to allow for the Parole Board hearings. Parole Board coordinate activities related to parole, receive and consider applications for parole and recommend to the Commissioner General to grant or refuse such applications. To issue summons requiring the appearance before the Board of any parolee or applicant for parole or such witnesses as the Board may consider necessary for the purposes of Parole Rules. To recommend to the Commissioner General the recall from parole of the Parolee for violation of parole conditions in respect of any parole. To recommend to the Commissioner General the suspension or revocation of parole in respect of any parolee.

  1. Category

Internal security

  1. Supporting documents/Requirements

-Parole application form (for inmates)

  1. URL:www.zambiacorrections.gov.zm
  2. User of the service
  3. Government ministries
  4. The media
  5. inmates
  6. Ministry/Institution

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  1. Service name

Custodial

  1. Short Description

The Custodial service includes the provision of safe custody of inmates in order to safeguard the interest of the public.

  1. Full Description

The service involves the following: Provide adequate and secure living conditions of inmates; · Maintenance of prison facilities; · admission, classification, employment and discharge of inmates, ensure adequate security for prison facilities and inmates; ·

Facilitate access to health facilities for inmates; and  Facilitate the attendance of inmates in the courts of the law

  1. Category

Internal Security

  1. Supporting documents/Requirements
  2. URL:www.zambiacorrections.gov.zm
  3. User of the service

Inmates

  1. Ministry/Institution

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  1. Service name

Agriculture and Commercial Service

  1. Short Description

Agriculture (Farms and Livestock)

  1. Full Description

With over 38 farms national wide, this Unit produces approximately 3,500 tonnes of maize annually as well as pulse and horticultural crops for inmates’ consumption with the surplus sold to the general public. In an effort to increase production and self-reliance, the Service under the Irrigation Development Support Programme (IDSP) is currently installing 21 center pivots in 4 Correctional Service Farms covering about 1, 440 hectares of land. 9 pivots on 700 hectares at Nansanga in Serenje, 4 pivots on 310 hectares at Chitwi in Luanshya, 6 pivots on 300 hectares at Mukuyu in Kabwe and 2 pivots on 130 hectares at Lubambala in Mpika.

Livestock: The livestock enterprise includes:

  1. Broiler production: currently being done at nearly all stations while a project for layers was recently initiated at Medium Correctional Facility in Kabwe.
  2. Five (5) ranches for beef production. Plans are underway to expand the pig production and intensify fish farms at various stations around the country.

Industrial Section: This section comprises of the Kalonga Milling Plant in Kabwe and Industrial workshops in provincial towns across the country. Further, plans are underway to open another milling plant in Petauke, equipment and materials have already been procured .

The primary objective of the milling plants particularly Kalonga Milling is to produce mealie meal to feed inmates at a low cost to relieve central treasury burden while the surplus is sold to the open market at low prices to enable majority citizens access the commodity.

White maize (feed sock) is supplied from correctional farms as well as small scale famers in Central Province. This strategy provides a source of income to suppliers of the maize as well as employment to workers on the farms. The main products from the milling plant are breakfast, roller mealie meal and meal samp.  The maize bran is the by-product mainly sold to stock feed producers and farmers.

  1. Category

Food security

  1. Supporting documents/Requirements
  2. URL: www.zambiacorrections.gov.zm
  3. User of the service
    1. Government ministries
    2. The media
    3. Agricultural institutions
  1. Ministry/Institution

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  1. Service name

Health Directorate

  1. Short Description

The Health Directorate was established with the purpose of providing and administering health care within the Service due to the high rates of diseases especially HIV and AIDS and Tuberculosis in Zambian correctional Services.

  1. Full description

The Directorate was formally established in 2009 with the appointment of a medical Doctor as the health Director. His responsibility was to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of day-to-day administration of the Prison Health Service. The Directorate provides health services to inmates, staff and defined prison communities, Plan and support implementation of public health initiatives at all levels, Promote quality, effectiveness, efficiency and equity in health care, Monitor and evaluate the provision of health care services in prison health facilities, Ensure the availability of surgical and medical supplies in Prisons health facilities, Collects, analyses, interpret and report data on health care services in prisons to enhance decision making and promote research, Facilitate capacity building of prison health staff, Ensure adherence to professional ethics and standards by all health personnel, Collaborate with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders on the implementation of national health care programmes and activities.

  1. Category

Wellness and health

  1. Supporting documents/Requirements
  2. URL: www.zambiacorrections.gov.zm
  3. 7. User of the service
  4. Cooperating partners
  5. government ministries
  6. Ministry /Institution

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  1. Service name

Infrastructure and development unit

  1. Short Description

Prison Infrastructure

  1. Full description

Infrastructure Development Unit is responsible for the maintenance of prison infrastructure in order to improve the welfare of officers and inmates. It ensures that there is adequate, habitable and secure Service infrastructure which includes the following:

  • Office space
  • Correctional facilities and
  • Staff accommodation and welfare

The Unit plans and designs infrastructure in the Zambia Correctional Service, facilitate the building and rehabilitation of prisons infrastructure in the country, monitors and evaluates infrastructure projects in the Service and maintains prisons infrastructure and design building training manuals for inmates.

  1. Category

Infrastructure development

  1. Supporting documents/Requirements
  2. URL: www.zambiacorrections.gov.zm
  3. 7. User of the service
  4. a) Prison staff
  5. inmates and staff
  6. Government ministries
  7. Ministry /Institution

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  1. Service Name

Correctional staff training College

  1. Short Description

Correctional staff training college is for the purpose of training recruits, cadet officers and serving officers for skills and knowledge in the Zambia Correctional Services

  1. Full description

The College is responsible for implementing training programmes for recruits, cadet officers and serving officers in order to equip them with requisite skills and knowledge and prepare them for entry into the Service. The College Identifies and selects candidates, implements military and academic training programmes for new entrants and serving officers, Develop and review the curriculum and teaching aids, develop and implement training programmes, maintain a database on training programmes, prepare training reports, undertake assessment of trainees, and  Certification of successful candidates.

  1. Category

Staff development

  1. Supporting documents/Requirements
  2. URL: www.zambiacorrections.gov.zm
  3. User of the service
  4. Ministry /Institution

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  1. Service Name

Katombora Reformatory

  1. Short Description

Katombora Reformatory is a School for juveniles that have found themselves on the other side of the law.

  1. Full description

Katombora Reformatory School is the only Male Reformatory School in the country where all young male offenders are taken. It was opened in the early 1950s as a rehabilitation and reformation centre for young offenders. The School which falls under the Zambia Correctional Service is headed by the Reformatory Superintendent. The Juveniles are detained under a reformatory order which expires after a period of four years. However the law allows for the release of a juvenile from detention on Licence if he or she is of good conduct and has stayed at the school for a period of nine months or above. Main activities include:-

  1. Counselling:

This is done by Social Welfare Officers to offer individual and group counselling at admission up to the time the lads leave the reformatory school. This helps in moulding the behaviour of the lads to foster a positive change of mind-set.

  1. Chaplaincy:-

Every morning the chaplaincy office offers spiritual devotion to the lads to enhance spiritual growth. As the school motto states, “With the help of God, we shall rise again”, the lads are helped to go and become good citizens in society upon discharge from the school.

  1. Reformation And Rehabilitation Through Academic And Vocational Pathways:-

After the assessment is carried out by the education supervisor, lads are placed in two pathways: Vocation and Academic pathways depending on their literacy levels.

  1. ACADEMIC PATHWAY: Lads under this pathway are taken to Katombora Primary School.
  2. VOCATIONAL TRAINING: The lads are placed in various vocational fields.
  3. Literacy Classes:-

Katombora Reformatory School has classes where literacy lessons are conducted every Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classes are divided into two levels namely A and B. Level A consist of lads who have never stepped their feet in a classroom up to grade two (2) and Level B comprises those from grade four (4) to five (5).Teaching is normally conducted in a multi-grade fashion.

  1. Sports And Recreation:-

The station has two football grounds, two volleyball fields and a basketball court. As programmed on the school time table, lads go to the fields for physical training for them to stay fit. The school has a recreation hall where several entertainment activities are staged.

  1. Category

Human Development and rehabilitation

  1. Supporting documents/Requirements
  2. URL: http://www.zambiacorrections.gov.zm
  3. User of the service
  4. a) Male juvenile offenders
  5. Ministry /Institution

Zambia Correctional Service