Christmas Message from the Commissioner of Corrections

Ms. Ina Hunter, Commissioner of Corrections

The Christmas season, arguably the happiest time of the year, is the season of goodwill, festivities and excitement. As we celebrate the hope, joy and peace of Christmas let us ensure that the real meaning of Christmas is not lost in the festivities but that we will share with the less fortunate among us.

Amidst our celebration, let us reflect on those who may not be experiencing the festivities as most of us will. We remember at this time, the men, women and children in our correctional facilities, who are away from family and deprived of freedom. As a department we continue to make Christmas a memorable experience for them.

We use this opportunity also, to recognize the contribution of our valuable stakeholders, our partners and service providers who have been instrumental in helping the department to carry out the mandate of securing and rehabilitating offenders.

Ministry of National Security signs MOU for reintegration of youth offenders

The Ministry of National Security (MNS) has increased its focus on preventing crime and violence through the targeting of youths most at risk of becoming involved. This was further enhanced with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding among the Ministry, the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) and the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) to support the reintegration of youth offenders leaving the correctional services.


KINGSTON, JAMAICA – FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016 – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has officially launched the National Emancipation and Independence Celebrations – Jamaica 54 – announcing the theme, -'LET'S GET TOGETHER AND FEEL ALRIGHT'- along with the wide range of activities that will take place across the island from July 31 to August 6.

By His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir PATRICK LINTON ALLEN, Member of the Order of the Nation, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Commander of the Order of Distinction, Knight of Grace of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, Governor General of Jamaica

What We Do?

During the post-independence years the prison system in Jamaica was composed of three (3) main entities: the Prisons, the Probation Services and the Approved Schools which functioned separately in the implementation and execution of the correctional functions of the Government.

Tribute to Correctional Officer


The Commissioner and staff are saddened at the death of Correctional Officer Valda Lee Taylor Dyer assigned to Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre. We express sincere condolence to her family and pray for added strength as they go through this difficult time. Together we mourn.

Work In Progress

Senator and Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security. Pearnel P. Charles Jr. tour of the Correctional Facilities