Coordinates: 22°07′11″N 113°33′17″E / 22.119616°N 113.554602°E / 22.119616; 113.554602

Correctional Services Bureau
  • 懲教管理局
  • Direcção dos Serviços Correccionais
Agency overview
Preceding agencies
  • Macau Prison
  • Youth Correctional Institution, Legal Affairs Bureau
HeadquartersRua de S. Francisco Xavier (竹灣馬路聖方濟各街), Coloane, Macau, China
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • Lee Kam Cheong, Director of Macau Prison
  • Lei Cheong Wang, Head of Security and Vigilance Division
Correctional Services Bureau
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese懲教管理局
Simplified Chinese惩教管理局
Jyutpingcing4 gaau3 gun2 lei5 guk6
Portuguese name
PortugueseDirecção dos Serviços Correccionais
Coloane Prison
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese路環監獄
Simplified Chinese监狱路环
Jyutpinglou6 waan4 gaam1 juk6
Macau Prison
Traditional Chinese澳門監獄
Simplified Chinese澳门监狱
Jyutpingou3 mun4*2 gaam1 juk6
Portuguese name
PortugueseEstabelecimento Prisional de Coloane/Estabelecimento Prisional de Macau

The Correctional Services Bureau[1] (Chinese: 懲教管理局;[2] Portuguese: Direcção dos Serviços Correccionais, DSC)[3] is the agency responsible for maintaining inmates in Macau, China. It is under the administration of the Secretariat for Security.


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On 1 January 2016, Macau Prison (Estabelecimento Prisional de Macau) and the Youth Correctional Institution that was under the Legal Affairs Bureau were re-structured as the Correctional Services Bureau.[4][5]


Per article 1 of Administrative Regulation No. 27/2015, the duties of the agency are to:[6]

  1. Collaborate in defining prison policies and policies relating to the activities of the Youth Correctional Institution;
  2. Ensure the administrative and financial management of Coloane Prison and the Youth Correctional Institution, prepare regulations and exercise technical guidance and superintendence;
  3. Ensure the organization and operation relating to the management and system of prison affairs;
  4. Ensure the organization and operation relating to the management and system of educational guardianship measures for detained youths;
  5. Cooperate, within the scope of its duties, with private entities to promote the social reintegration of prisoners and detained youths.


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In 2004, there were about 921 (784 men and 137 women) inmates in the prison and divided amongst male and female inmates.[4] With the 2010 population at 926, a new prison is being built in Ka Ho as the current facility can only hold 1500. The new prison was scheduled to open in 2014.[7] However, this has since been delayed.[8]

Circa 2014 there were 959 prisoners, including 195 women. The total occupancy rate was 84%, with the women's area having an occupancy rate of 83%. Circa 2014 an expansion of the women's area was to add capacity for an additional 315 prisoners.[9]


Per Law No. 2/2008 (Restructure of the Careers in the Security Forces and Departments), the following ranks are observed in the agency:[10][11]


Due to the area's small population, there is only one prison for adults in Macau, Coloane Prison (路環監獄; Estabelecimento Prisional de Coloane or EPC), also known as Macau Prison (澳門監獄; Estabelecimento Prisional de Macau or EPM) was opened in 1990 and replaced the former Central Prison on the mainland (built from 1904 to 1909).[4] The facility consists of a series or connected buildings surrounded by a white wall with barbed wire. Four watchtowers are found along the prison walls.

There is also a juvenile detention facility in Macau, the Youth Correctional Institution (少年感化院; siu3 nin4 gam2 faa3 jyun2; Shàonián Gǎnhuàyuàn; Instituto de Menores), also in Coloane, with sections for boys and girls.[12]

Due to Coloane Prison being at almost full capacity, a new facility is under construction in Ka Ho. Construction of this facility began in 2010 and was scheduled to open by 2014 but has since been delayed.[8]

The UK FCDO stated that overcrowding began to be an issue at Coloane Prison since 2010.[13]

See also


  1. ^ "Correctional Services Bureau".
  2. ^ "懲教管理局".
  3. ^ "Direcção dos Serviços Correccionais".
  4. ^ a b c "History". Correctional Services Bureau.
  5. ^ see Administrative Regulation No. 27/2015
  6. ^ "Imprensa Oficial - Regulamento Administrativo n.º 27/2015".
  7. ^ "New prison operational by end of 2014". Macau Daily Times. 2010-08-18. Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  8. ^ a b "Long-delayed Ká Hó Prison construction still years away". Macau Daily Times. 8 January 2020. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  9. ^ "Macau Prison: Women's wing ready after Chinese NY". Macau Daily Times. 2014-01-16. Archived from the original on 2014-01-17. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  10. ^ "Lei n.º 2/2008" (in Portuguese). Imprensa Oficial.
  11. ^ "Career of Prison Guards". Correctional Services Bureau.
  12. ^ "Youth Correctional Institution > Introduction". Correctional Services Bureau. Address: Estrada de Cheoc Van no 1, Coloane
  13. ^ "Information Pack for British Prisoners in Macao" (PDF). British Consulate-General Hong Kong. 2021-04-19. p. 8. Retrieved 2021-04-19.