Core Values

  1. Justice as the core value.
  2. Fundamental to an effective Correctional and Justice System in a firm commitment to the belief that offenders are responsible for their own behaviour and have the potential to live as law-abiding citizens.
  3. The majority of offenders can be dealt with effectively in the community by means of non-custodial correctional programs; imprisonment should be used with restraint.
  4. In the interest of public protection, decisions about offenders must be based on informed risk assessment and risk management.
  5. Effective corrections is dependent on close co-operation with criminal justice partners and the community in order to contribute to a more just, humane and safe society.
  6. Carefully recruited, properly trained and well-informed staff members are essential to an effective correctional system.
  7. The public has a right to know what is done in prisons and should be given the opportunity to participate in the criminal justice system.
  8. The effectiveness of corrections depends on the degree to which correctional systems are capable of responding to change and shaping the future.
  9. Remand prisoners are presumed to be innocent and shall be treated as such. They shall be kept separate from convicted prisoners.
  10. Men and women shall as far as possible be detained in separate institutions. In an institution, which receives both men and women, the whole of the premises allocated to women shall be entirely separate.
  11. Imprisonment shall always be regarded as a means of last resort, following unlawful behaviour.