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Apart from providing safe custody and rehabilitation programmes, the Correctional Services Department (CSD) has endeavoured to collaborate with educational institutions and community service organisations in order to proactively promote community education. We aim at helping students and young people develop positive values towards life and become responsible and law-abiding citizens with a view to reducing crime.
In September 2008, CSD launched the Rehabilitation Pioneer Project (RPP) targeting at secondary school students and youngsters. Through a series of activities such as Education Talks, Personal Encounter with Prisoners Scheme, Green Haven Scheme, Visits to Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum, Extended Training Camp, Student Forum, Drama and Music Performance of “Creation and Rehabilitation”, The Reflective Path and Summer Camp, CSD seeks to disseminate to young people the messages of leading a law-abiding and drug-free life as well as supporting offender rehabilitation. Since its launching, the project has won applause and support from the public, and the number of participants is around 30 000 each year.
Other Learning Experience (OLE)
Since November 2012, all activities of RPP have listed in the Other Learning Experiences (OLE) Activity Databank by Education Bureau. More information on OLE, please browse the OLE website http://www.edb.gov.hk/cd/ole/.
CSD will arrange uniformed staff to conduct one-hour education talks in an interactive approach for schools and organisations. The topics cover introduction to correctional services and common juvenile crimes, discussion of mirco movies, showing of videos on prison life and face-to-face sharing sessions with rehabilitated persons. We aim at encouraging youngsters to lead a law-abiding and drug-free life as well as supporting offender rehabilitation.
Besides, the “Giving Back to Alma Mater” programme was launched in July 2015. Uniformed staff members will be arranged to conduct education talks at their alma mater to enhance students’ understanding of the messages. Moreover, their sense of belonging will also be strengthened by the programme. By the end of 2016, more than 30 graduates were arranged to conduct education talks at their alma mater.
Personal Encounter with Prisoners Scheme
Personal Encounter with Prisoners Scheme is one of the major activities of RPP. At present, male correctional institutions available for visit include Lai Chi Rehabilitation Centre, Sha Tsui Correctional Institution, Tai Lam Correctional Institution, Pik Uk Prison, Tung Tau Correctional Institution, Pak Sha Wan Correctional Institution, Tong Fuk Correctional Institution, Cape Collinson Correctional Institution and Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution. Female correctional institutions available for visit include Lo Wu Correctional Institution and Lai King Correctional Institution.
Under the Scheme, facilities in correctional institutions such as PICs’ dormitories, dining halls and workplaces are introduced to participants. Besides, participants are arranged to meet with PICs. By listening to their experience, participants are inspired to ponder on the serious consequences of committing crimes, thereby achieving the purpose of one life influencing another. The number of participants for each visit ranges from 20 to 25, including 2 to 5 teachers or social workers. All participants should be aged 13 or above.
Green Haven Scheme
This Scheme enables participants to have the opportunity to visit the Drug Addiction Treatment Centre (DATC), the Green Haven Scheme Resource Centre and environmentally friendly facilities on the island. They are briefed on the compulsory drug addiction treatment programmes in Hong Kong, the criminal liabilities of drug-abuse and the importance of environmental protection. They will also be arranged to meet young PICs of the DATC and learn from their personal experience about the adverse effects of drug abuse. The number of participants for each visit ranges from 20 to 50, including 2 to 5 teachers or social workers. All participants should be aged 13 or above.
Visits to Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum (HKCSM)
Guided tours of HKCSM are provided to participants by CSD staff with the aim of giving them a better understanding of the history and development of correctional services. As part of the museum, the Community Education Centre completed its renovation in July 2015. More interactive elements are introduced to help visitors understand the serious consequences of committing crimes, life in custody, community support for PICs as well as our achievements on rehabilitation. The maximum number of participants for each visit is 30, including 2 to 5 teachers or social workers.
Extended Training Camp
Aiming at boosting participants’ confidence, developing their positive values, building up their team spirits and enhancing their critical thinking, the Extended Training Camp, which lasts for three days and two nights, features a series of discipline training activities in Ma Hang Prison and on Hei Ling Chau. Throughout the Training Camp, participants will engage in a wide variety of stimulating training activities including adventure skills exercises, foot drill practices, orienteering adventure skills exercises and leadership exercises.
The following TV programme (Extract) provides more information about the Training Camp:
TVB Y Angle (Extract) (Chinese) (1.10.2016)
To enhance law-abiding awareness, large-scale Student Forums are held by CSD from time to time, and interested schools are invited to attend. In the forum, a micro-movie casted by renowned actors and adapted from the true story of a PIC is shown. Afterwards, the director and the actors are arranged to have interactive discussions with students. CSD will also arrange the rehabilitated person whom the story is about to share with students so that they can engage in deeper reflection.
Drama and Music Performance of “Creation and Rehabilitation”
The “Creation and Rehabilitation” Programme is held in Stanley Prison every year. Hundreds of students will have an opportunity to enter the maximum security institution to enjoy the drama and music performance presented by PICs. The programme aims to integrate art therapy into rehabilitation process and helps PICs reflect on the meaning of life through arts activities. Through the drama, PICs will convey to the audience how rehabilitated persons strive to turn over a new leaf and reintegrate into society. Besides, inspirational songs are sung by a band composed of PICs to show their talents, and a PIC who is sentenced to a life sentence for having committed irreparable mistake will be arranged to share his experiences with students. The programme provides a platform for PICs to contribute to the community by warning the students against committing crimes and reminding them the importance of obeying the law.
The Reflective Path
The Reflective Path is a new initiative under the Rehabilitation Pioneer Project launched in September 2015. It aims to enhance students’ understanding of the criminal judicial system and correctional services, as well as the heavy price for committing crimes. Through the simulation of the real situation in prison, students are able to experience the life of PICs in correctional institutions and reflect on the detrimental effects of committing crimes. The project covers a wide range of activities such as mock court hearing, simulated reception procedures, custody in dormitories and single cells, foot drill training, simulated work groups and sharing session by PICs, etc.
To disseminate the messages of the project to students who have not participated in the project, a short video containing the highlights will be produced, and a sharing session will be arranged at the participating school or organisation after the project. The sharing session will be conducted in an interactive approach. Apart from explaining the content of the project by CSD staff, participants of the project will also be invited to share their experiences and feelings.
The following TV programme (Extract) provides more information about the project:
TVB Y Angle (Extract) (Chinese) (17.9.2016)
Different competitions targeting on the youth are organised by CSD every year to disseminate the messages of leading a law-abiding and drug-free life as well as supporting offender rehabilitation. Prize winners of the competitions will be invited to join a study tour during summer vacation for free. Throughout the tour, adventure-based training and visits to schools and families in rural areas, an eco-friendly factory of a global enterprise as well as a large-scale infrastructure will be arranged, so as to provide participants with an all-round learning experience conducive to their whole-person development, and to foster the development of positive values and attitudes. A prize presentation ceremony of the competition will also be held on the last day of the tour, during which the participants may share their thoughts about the tour as well.
Sign up to RPP
Any schools and organisations interested in participating in the project may visit our website (http://www.csd.gov.hk) for details from the Timetable. Please download the Application Form and return the completed form to the Rehabilitation Pioneer Project Office by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For enquiries, please contact the RPP Office at 2259 3349 / 2320 7568 / 3525 0126 during office hours or the Rehabilitation Pioneer Project Office (Address: Flat A, 16/F, Block F, 3 Lok Man Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong) by mail.
For updated information, please visit the RPP Facebook Page.