Namibian Correctional Service Operations
The Namibian Correctional Service operates under three levels of management: National, Regional, and Institutional.
National Headquarters: Provides support to the Commissioner General and the Executive Committee and delivers services to all NCS operations such as: correctional operations; international protocol; public and parliamentary relations; human resource and financial management; performance assurance; legal support; health services and planning and research.
Regional Offices: The regions are primarily responsible for providing direction and supervision over local operations and provide management and administrative support to National Headquarters by monitoring the delivery of programmes and services; developing regional policies; developing plans and programmes for performance measurement; providing human resources and financial management support; providing logistical support; managing health services to offenders and providing information to local media, the public and stakeholders.
Institutional Operations: Besides the NCS Training College, the Lucius Sumbwanyambe Mahoto Correctional Service Training College, the NCS manages 13 correctional facilities for both men and women. Of the 13 correctional facilities, 4 are Level 1, 5 are level 2, while 4 are level 3 facilities. The NCS also administers post-sentence supervision of offenders who have been released on parole and remission and monitors those offenders who have been sentenced to Community Service.
The average total of offenders in the Namibian Correctional Service facilities stands at approximately 4200 annually with a workforce of approximately 2700 staff across the country. This total comprises approximately 48% women. The NCS also strives to employ staff from marginalized groups such as the San and Ovahimba tribes in order to fulfil the government policy on recruitment of people from these groups. The NCS is getting closer and closer to achieving the appropriately diversified and skilled workforce required to operate correctional institutions, from health care professionals and teachers to social workers and psychologists as well as civilian staff that provide corporate and administrative functions.
The endorsement of the Offender Risk Management Correctional Strategy has allowed the NCS to address some of its long standing challenges, refine its current priorities, and provide NCS with the opportunity to integrate transformation initiatives in a way that will contribute to improved public safety results for all Namibians.