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Welcome to the Namibian Correctional Service

The Ministry of Safety and Security (MSS) was created on 21 March 2005 by Presidential decree of His Excellency President Hifikepunye Pohamba as per Article 32(3)(g) of the Namibian Constitution. The new Ministry replaced the Ministry of Prisons & Correctional Services which was created in 1995.

MSS combines two partners in the fight against crime to enhance Safety and Security of all citizens; Namely: THE NAMIBIAN CORRECTIONAL SERVICE AND THE NAMIBIAN POLICE FORCE.
The Namibian Correctional Service (NCS), which was previously known as the Namibian Prison Service (NPS), has a primary mandate as custodian of offenders legally put under its charge. As a component of the Ministry of Safety and Security, the Namibian Correctional Service together with the Namibian Police (NAMPOL), dedicates itself to contributing to public safety. The NCS contributes to public safety primarily through the administering of court-imposed sentences for offenders. This involves managing 13 correctional facilities across the country of various size, function and architectural design, with various types of offender populations, and in some instances, with the challenge of dealing with overcrowded conditions. NCS also administers some post-sentence supervision of offenders, though our resources are still limited in this regard, and more recently, we have been developing our capacity to monitor those offenders who have been sentenced to Community Service Orders.