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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.
Provision of training in the fields of industry,agriculture and animal husbandry and vocational training for the inmates in all prisons and reformatories.
Provision of welfare services in prisons and reformatories and after care services for prisoners released from prisons and reformatories.
Provide for research and training in the field of correction.
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.Wijeyadasa Rajapakse 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.  
With the intention of making Galle Prison inmates knowledgeable and skilful technicians, a newly built Vocational Training Center was declared open by the Commissioner of Prisons (Rehabilitation), Mr.Gamini  Jayasinghe with the participation of several distinguished guests  on August 02, 2015 at 2.00 PM. This Training Center was established on the concept of the Superintendent of Galle Prison, Mr.Jagath Chandana Weerasinghe and with the financial assistant of the Foundation of Peace and Love.. 
Opening of “Paboda Meth Sevana” attached to the Ambepussa Training Centre for Youthful Offenders was declared open by the Secretary to the Ministry of Justice, Ms.Kamalani de Silva  in grand scale on July 17, 2015. . 

Inter Prison Net Ball Competition was held with the special participation of the Commissioner General of Prisons. Mr. P.B.R. Pushpakumara as the Chief Guest at Colombo Prison Ground on 5th July,2015.

The Welikada prison being one of the largest prisons in Sri Lanka conducted the Ifthar program for Inmates on 6-July-2015 @ 6:00 pm which was assisted & sponsored by the Islamic Society of Isipathana College, Isipathana Old Boys Muslim Society & the Y.M.M.A of Maligawatte.
A team comprising professors and senior lecturers of the University of Kelaniya has been assigned the criteria of forwarding a feasibility study to recommend required reforms to the existing system in the prisons of Sri Lanka. Guests made a visit to Bogambara Prison on June 30th, 2015 along with Commissioners of Prisons,  Mr.Gamini Jayasinghe, Mr.Tissa Jayasinghe and Assistant Commissioner, Mr.A.M.A.Atapattu.
On the International Day against Drug Abuse, a walk to raise awareness about negative effects from drug abuse had been started at Welikada  Premises by Welikada Prison Officers and inmates on June 26,2015 at 9.30 A.M. The walk had proceeded upto Borella, Maradana and Punchi Borella and matched back to Welikada Prison and finished off.
A decorated vehicle, dramas, mums, posters and songs had beautified the walk. Hon. Minister of Justice, Dr. Wejeyadasa Rajapakse and Senior Officers from the Ministry, the Commissioner General of Prisons, Mr. M.B.R.Pushpakumara with senior officer from the Department of Prisons have marched as well.
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.

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