Hong Kong Correctional Services

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

Hong Kong Correctional Services
Agency overview
FormedDecember 31, 1920; 100 years ago (1920-12-31)
Jurisdiction Hong Kong
Headquarters23rd, 24th and 27th Floors, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Employees7,052 (2018)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • WOO Ying Ming, Commissioner
  • WONG Kwok Hing, Deputy Commissioner
Hong Kong Correctional Services
Traditional Chinese懲教署
Simplified Chinese惩教署

Although the Chief Magistrate (now Commissioner of Police) 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 Victoria Gaol was created. The department has been financially independent from the Hong Kong Police Force since December 1920, when the Superintendent of Victoria Gaol was re-titled as the Superintendent of Prisons.[2][3][4][5][6]