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Parade in formation at CS Training College, Bomana, Port Moresby.

PNG-Australia Law & Justice Sector program in Buka, AROB.

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PNGCS gained national departmental status on 28th February 1985. Since 1957, when the Corrective Institutions Service (CIS) was established under the CIS Act, Chapter 63, it had always been a unit of a Government department – Native Affairs and Justice.

PNGCS is established as a state service under Section 188(2) of the National Constitution and as a discipline force, beside the Papua New Guinea Defence Force and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, under

Section 207

of the Constitution. In 1995, CIS formally became the Correctional Services of Papua New Guinea through Parliament’s enactment of the new Correctional Service Act No. 6, 1995, with its functions outlined in Section 7(1) as being: a) Taking custody and control of all persons committed to Correctional Institutions upon warrant or order of a court or the custody of the service by any other competent authority under any law in force in the country. b) Providing secure, efficient and humane facilities for the purpose of paragraph (a) above and to manage and maintain them in accordance with the Act. c) Developing and providing meaningful educational, training and rehabilitation programs for the benefit of detainees, and d) Providing a commitment to the ongoing pursuit of excellence in Correctional management. PNGCS manages offenders within the United Nations Covenants, the Papua New Guinea Constitution, and in accordance with Papua New Guinea legislation, including: The Correctional Service Act and Regulations 1995;The Juvenile Court Act 1991; and The Parole Act 1991. PNGCS is the provider of custodial correctional services for both sentenced and remand detainees. PNGCS National Policy acknowledges the framework of Government of PNG sectoral policies, and legislation that may impact upon to the operation of PNGCS at Headquarters and at Institutional level. The Provincial and Local Level Governments are partners with PNGCS, at the provincial and local level.
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