Written by: Deng Bailiang, Cai Zhengbang
2020-07-13 00:00Last update date: 2020-07-13 00:01
Over the past year, more than 9,000 people have been arrested in demonstrations, and 4 of them have become students. If the arrested person is convicted, the Correctional Services Department is expected to accept a large number of inmates. Hu Yingming, director of the Correctional Services Department, admitted that a large number of people with the same political philosophy are imprisoned, which may pose a certain risk to prison security.
The Correctional Services Department has regularly reviewed prison arrangements and allocated resources. On the one hand, an additional “regional response team” has been allocated to respond to emergencies to prevent large-scale riots in the prison; The Youth Lab’s rehabilitation plan broadens the thinking of inmates, allows them to think from multiple angles, and corrects criminal thinking.
Hu Yingming, director of the Correctional Services Department, admitted that a large number of people with the same political philosophy are imprisoned, which may pose a certain risk to prison security. (Photo by Cai Zhengbang)
Hu Yingming said that in recent years, some people in society have downplayed the permanent damage to persons in custody and their families. Therefore, the media was arranged to visit the Biwu Correctional Institution. Through visiting youths in prison and explaining prison life, the correct message was sent to The citizens know the real situation of the prison. Hu Yingming pointed out that prison is never a paradise, and life in prison is an unforgettable imprint of life, and it is difficult to describe it in pen and ink. Collapse." He continued, "No one will take prison as a life goal", and prison will not add aura to anyone's life, and urge citizens to abide by the law.
Increase resources to prevent riots in large prisons
From June last year to June 30 this year, the police arrested a total of 9,216 people, of whom nearly 4 became students. If the arrested person is convicted, the Correctional Services Department is expected to accept a large number of young inmates. Hu Yingming admitted that a large number of young people imprisoned will pose a challenge to the management and security of the Correctional Services Department. However, the Department has formulated specific measures to ensure the security of the prison. Because a large number of people with the same concept are imprisoned, there may be certain risks to the prison.
Since 2019, the Correctional Services Department has increased the size and distribution of regional response teams to further enhance the ability to respond to emergencies, from the original three districts of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Lantau Island to the New Territories, Hei Ling Chau and some large corrections. Deployment in institutions, such as Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre, Stanley Prison and Luohu Correctional Institution. Hu Xu pointed out that in the past six months, the Department has also regularly reviewed prison arrangements and allocated resources to ensure that the prison has deployment and sufficient support to respond to any emergencies and prevent large-scale riots in the prison.
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In order to deploy emergency situations in the region, the Correctional Services Department has a regional response team, which is one of the few teams equipped with anti-riot guns and bag guns. (Picture of Correctional Services Department)
Department psychologists set up "Youth Research Institute" program to help rehabilitation
Hu Yingming learned that people imprisoned by the anti-amendment movement may be more radical in their thinking, and different from those in prison in general, "but no matter how guilty they are, they are all treated equally." He emphasized that the Correctional Services Department will continue to follow the two basic principles of "punishment" and "teaching", requiring prisoners to abide by the order in the prison, re-educate law-abiding awareness and skills, and help them reintegrate into society.
Director Hu continued to point out that the Correctional Services Department has formulated a rehabilitation program called "Youth Lab" (Youth Lab). The Department has prepared 30 clinical psychologists to participate in the development of a curriculum to help young people in prison to understand themselves, Broaden your thinking, think from multiple angles, and correct young people's criminal thinking. The plan will use the Pik Uk Correctional Institution as a pilot, and if it works well, it will be gradually extended to other correctional institutions.
The Director emphasized that at present young people's awareness of law-abiding is weak, and "many people (youths) do not think it is a crime". He understands that everyone has ideals, but he does not agree to use violence to fight. "I don't want to talk about the most glorious moments in life, and go to the prison to learn about it."
The Correctional Services Department is expected to accept a large number of young inmates, and the Department has formulated specific response measures to ensure prison security. (Profile picture)
In the "Youth Research Institute" program, there will be a number of courses covering the law, including the content of the National Security Law. Hu Yingming said that people in custody need to understand the relevant laws and regulations, and all people can voluntarily participate in the "Youth Research Institute", not specifically for people imprisoned by the anti-registration movement. "We treat them the same, don’t we label them? Just go to (the hall), and another group of people will not persuade."
Promote historical activity training thinking
In addition, the Correctional Services Department will conduct an activity called "Everything Starts with History" to increase the interest of prisoners in history in the form of telling historical stories. Hu Yingming graduated from Teachers College in his early years and also studied history. He thinks that history can be interesting, and he can also train his thinking. He deliberately promoted this activity, "making Qu (a person in prison) have a root." On the day of the visit, the Biwu Correctional Institution invited scholar Deng Fei to give a lecture on the topic "Criminal Law of the Qing Dynasty".
Asked if he would worry about outsiders questioning the political implications of the above plan, Hu Yingming said bluntly: "I am not surprised by the controversy." He believes that the most important thing is that the plan can benefit prisoners. He also believes that the Correctional Services Department has sufficient professionalism Manage prisons and develop rehabilitation services. As for persons in custody who refuse to participate in the "Youth Research Institute" and related historical lectures, what will the Correctional Services Department do? Hu Yingming pointed out that many young people refused to participate in any activities when they first entered prison. At this point, the corrections officers need to guide them. He admits that the corrections officers sometimes "likes and dislikes", but at the same time, they will continue to do counseling work, "This is the value of corrections officers."
Hu Yingming also mentioned that in the past 10 years, the recidivism rate of rehabilitated persons under the age of 21 in Hong Kong (that is, they were sentenced to prison again after committing new crimes within 2 years after release) recorded a significant decline, from 24.2% in 2007 to 2017 In 9.8% of the year, many of the young people obtained university degrees, which proved that the Correctional Services Department had achieved remarkable results.
Corrections Department Hong Kong version of the National Security Law anti-revision demonstration of prison life