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The reception of Prisoners of every description committed or remanded under the authority of any court in the country and the provision of security, nutrition and maintenance for them in accordance with prison rules,the escorting of remand prisoners to and from courts.
The general direction and administrative control of all prisons,reformatories and open prison camps.
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Provide for research and training in the field of correction.
“Vesak” is the most noble celebration of Buddhists world wide. Being a correctional institute, Galle Prison Officers Buddhists Association proudly celebrated “Vesak” by staging a Buddhist Drama,       “Brahma Puthra” for  39th consecutive year on 4th May, 2015 with the participation of Former Hon. Minister of Public Administration and Reforms, Mr.Wajira Abewardana, Hon. Mayor of Galle Municipal Council, Mr.Methsiri de Silva, Commissioner General of Prisons, Mr. M.B.R. PushPakumara, Commissioner of Prisons, Mr. Sunil Galagama, and Assistant Commissioner of Prisons, Mr.Sampath Atapattu, at Municipal Council Ground –Galle. . 

Batticaloa Prison Officers Unity and Prisoners Welfare Society had organized a Noodle Dansela held on 2 days  from 3rd and 4th May, 2015 at Batticaloa Prison. Devotees to Batticaloa Prison Premises had a precious opportunity to read Dhamma Padaya in trilingual Languages. 

The inmates & officials Buddhist Society of the Welikada prison worked hard in organizing a grand Vesak Celebration which was held outside the Welikada Prison Walls. . 
April New Year Festival-2015 organized by Galle Prison Prisoners Welfare Association and Officers Welfare Association was celebrated joyfully at Galle Prison Premises all day long. A number of various games for inmates and a grand musical show were held on the instructions of the Superintendent of Prisons, Mr.Jagath Chandana and under the guidance of the Chief Jailor, Mr.Ruwan Prabath. . 
The inmates of the Welikada prison took part in a religious ceremony on New Year ’s Day. The Welikada prison being one of the largest prisons in Sri Lanka housing over 3,000 prisoners to invoke blessings and ushered in the New Year by engaging in Buddhist ritual. 
One of the 16 students from “Sunetha Pasala”,Watareka the first prison school in Sri Lanka, who sat for the G.C.E. (O/L) Examination has obtained  four (4) credit passes  and qualified himself for the G.C.E. (A/L). This student from Anuradhapura area ,has been convicted for three years in connection with  theft. He had been admitted to this school two months prior to the examination, Moreover he has passed the exam in dancing subject excellently with a  “B” pass at the exam.
A media discussion on progress of the first and second groups of Drug Prevention Unit at Mahara Prison was held under the patronage of Honorable  Minister of Justice and Labour Relations, Dr.Wijedasa Rajapaksha.  A treatment and Rehabilitation Unit and a Consultancy Centre was also declared open to widen its services. The Commissioner of Prisons-Rehabilitation, Mr.Gamini Jayasinghe , and the Commissioner of Prisons-Industry and Skills, Mr.Thissa Jayasinghe participated at the occasion.
As per concept of Mr. Rohana Pushpakumara, Commissioner General of Prisons and under the Supervision of Mr. Thusitha Indrajith Uduwara, Superintendent of Prisons, Mahara the inaugural ceremony of  constructing a house for poor family was held on 18th June 2015 at the auspicious time of 9.32 a.m in Mahara.
According to an idea of Galle Superintendent of Prisons, Mr.Jagath Werasinghe, a pirith chanting ceremony was held with the participation of prison inmates on June 16, 2015 at Galle Prison. Ven.Forty(4) monks from Yatagala Ancient Temple attended to the ceremony.
IDM Nation Campus has started a Basic Computer Course on June 03, 2015 for prison officers and expects to teach Basic Computer Knowledge and Usage of Office Package. Action has been taken to give training to all officers and training will be conducted at the computer lab in the Centre for Research and Training in Corrections.
Newly appointed 500 Prison Guards were recruited to the Department of Prisons and 100 guards at Centre for Research and Training in Corrections, 150 guards at Ambepussa Training Centre, and 250 guards at Galkiriyagama Civil Security Higher School  started  their preliminary training on  June 8, 2015.
According to a noble concept of Commissioner General of Prisons, Mr.M.B.R. Pushpakumara, a house for a low income family was built under the complete instructions and guidance of Matara Superintendent of Prisons and handed over to head of household Mr.H.R.Prasanna on June 04, 2015. Prison Officers and Sub Committee of Matara Prisoners Welfare Association sponsored this worthy work and inmates contributed their labour in building this house.
Several Buddhist programs such as sermons, worships, meditations etc. were carried out at Mahara Prison in parallel with Poson Poya on May 31st, 2015 in between 7.00 A.M. to 11.00 A.M. under the patronage of Amitha Keman Thero and some Buddhists monks from Kaduwela Mahameuna Monastery. Alms-giving was given from the contribution of prison officers. About 200 prisoners had joined this occasion.
Handing over of appointment letters to newly recruited 500 Prison Guards to the Department of Prisons, took place under the patronage of Hon. Minister of Justice, Dr.Wijedasa Rajapaksha at Temple Trees on May 24, 2015 at 10.30 a.m.
The Secretary to the Ministry of Justice, Mrs.Kamalani de Silva, the Commissioner General of Prisons, Mr.M.B.R.Pushpakumara, and some other officials from the Departments of Prisons were among those present on the occasion.
A number of inmates from Galle Prison were, freely, distributed eye glass by the Commissioner General of Prisons, Mr. M.B.R.Pushpakumara. Under the guidance of the Galle Superintendent of Prisons, Mr.Jagath Chandana Weerasinghe, Medical Officer of Galle Prison, Dr.Renuka (Mrs.) has coordinated this clinic and the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Order and Christian Religious Affairs, Mr.T.M.K.B.Thennakon, Commissioner of Prisons (Welfare), Mr.Gamini Jayasinghe, Chief Jailor, Mr.Prabath and some other prison officials  participated to this occasion.
For the first time in Sri Lankan Prisons history, a Karate team from the Department of Prisons were able to win the Open Karate Championship. This Karate Team who challenged experienced and talented athletes in this championship held for 7th consecutive year by the United Karate Federation at Albert F Peries Indoor Stadium-Wennappuwa, won the Championship Title achieving highest number of medals.
An L.T.T.E. inmate Shanmugam Ananda Raja, from Nakkalawatta in Monaragala who was in  prison for about 18 years for committing illegal crimes such as keeping illegal fire arms and explosives, was social reintegrated after rehabilitation at Monaragala Prison on 15th May,2015.
Though it can be seen a lot of inmates have been social reintegrated after rehabilitation in different ways, the Monaragala Superintendent of Prisons, Mr.D.A.M.Nimal Shantha has taken worthy steps of not only rehabilitating this L.T.T.E inmate but also making him participated in Speedy Juki Machine and House Wiring Course.  
Indoor Badminton Stadium established at the Department of Prisons was declared open after some renovation on 7th May, 2015 under the patronage of Commissioner General of Prisons, Mr.M.B.R. Pushpakumara.  

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