MOTTO: FOR THE INCARCERATION AND REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS AND THEIR SUCCESSFUL REINTEGRATION INTO THE SOCIETY

THEME 2020:BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN OFFENDER AND SOCIETY TO ACHIEVE SOCI-ECONOMIC GROWTH

Welcome Remarks From The Commissioner General Of The Zimbabwe Prisons And Correctional Service

I sincerely welcome you all to the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS) website.

This is an interactive platform which gives an insight into the operations of the ZPCS which is mandated with the task of incarceration and rehabilitation of offenders, preparing them for release back into society where they are supposed to live as law-abiding citizens.

The organization has transformed over the years. Most notably, it used to be called Zimbabwe Prison Service (ZPS) until the promulgation of the new Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Act in 2013 which ushered in a new name called the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service. This platform therefore ‘breaks the walls’ to give a clear view of the thrust which we have since taken in terms of management of our prisons which is skewed heavily towards rehabilitation rather than retribution.

As the ZPCS we understand that the road to prison begins in the community. As such, we believe that our efforts to rehabilitate offenders would be futile if information does not flow effectively to and from our various publics. It is with this in mind that this website is envisaged to enhance communication between our organization and our different stakeholders.

The ZPCS value your support in whatever form as it goes a long way in informing our operations. It is against this backdrop that we encourage you to use this platform to engage us in a constructive way. We promise to take your suggestions seriously as they immensely contribute to the betterment of our programmes that are aimed at improving the management of correctional facilities. We must however, in our views and opinions, always keep in mind that offenders come to prison as a punishment and not to be punished.

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have assisted us in realizing our goals through various support initiatives, materially or otherwise. It is our prayer that you will continue to provide your assistance as we continue to work towards the improvement of our facilities.

We hope that you will find this platform quite informative. Nevertheless, we invite you to feel free to share with us your thoughts on how this platform can be improved.

I thank you.

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