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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.

Appeal for AB+ Kidney
Mr. Geethapriya Elkaduwa, 42 years of Elkaduwa, Mathale who is the husband of Female Guard, Mrs. Indhra Wijewardhana working at Dumbara Prison and father with two children, is suffering from renal failure. Doctors at Kandy Hospital have recommended him transplanting  a kidney with AB+ blood group.
Anyone who would like to donate AB+ kidney, please contact on these numbers,

For the Prisons Day fell on 16th July, 2014, a respectful ceremony of commemorating all officials who have sacrificed their lives for the reputation and dignity of  department, was  held under the patronage of the Minister of  Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, Mr.Chandhrasiri Gajadeera on 16th July, 2014 at 5.00 p.m. at the memorial of commemorating dead officers adjoining  to the Welikada Prison. Deputy Minister of  Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, Mr.Chandrasiri Muthukumarana, Secretary to the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prisons Reforms, Mr. G.S.Wethanage, the Commissioner General of the Prisons, Mr.Chandrarathne Pallegama, staff officers from the Department of Prisons and relations of dead officials participated at this occasion.read more
A blood donation campaign for the 109th prison day has been organized by New Magazine Prison on 16th July 2014. Officials from the Department of Prisons and prisons nearby and outsiders donated blood at this worthy event. The Commissioner General of Prisons, Mr. Chandrarathna Pallegama and Commissioners of Prisons participated at this event. read more
For the first time in prison history, telephone centre for inmates to call their family relations, was declared open on 15th October, 2014 at Welikada Prison under the patronage of Hon Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, Mr.Chandrasiri Gajadeera. Also, the Secretary to the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, Mr.G.S.Vithanage, the Commissioner General of Prisons,  Mr.Chandrarathna Pallegama, the Chief Enterprise and Wholesale Officer of Telecom,  Mr. Kiththi Perera , the Superintendent of Prisons –Welikada , Mr. Emil Ranjan, and some other prison officers joined the occasion.
In parallel with the “Prisoner’s Day” Celebration, 100 inmates from Bogambara Prison including those who have been sentenced to death and  life term and some inmates worshiped the “Tooth Relics” of the Lord Buddha  at Tooth Relics Temple in Kandy on 16th  September, 2014. According to an idea of the Hon. Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, Chandrasiri  Gajadeera,  the Superintendent of Bogamabara Prison, Mr. Senarath Senanayaka and his staff had organized the event. 
On instructions of the Commissioner General of Prisons, Colors and Medals Award Ceremony was held with  pride under the patronage of the Honorable Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, Mr. Chandrasiri Gajadeera and with the participation of the Honorable Deputy Minister, Sarath Chandrasiri Mutukumarana at 4.00PM on Sunday the 7th September, 2014 at BMICH.
Rs.9 lakh worth dry rations and bottled water have been  donated by inmates who have sacrificed their two meals and officers for the sake of people who are suffering from drought in Madirigiriya and Wadugewava areas in the Polonnaruwa District. .
At the request of the Commissioner General of Prisons, fifty brand new Bajaj 125 CC Motorcycles were given to the Department of Prisons with mediation of the Ministry of Rehabilitation of Prison Reforms by the Department of National  Budgets.     

Distribution of  motor cycles among all Prison Institutions and Intelligent Security Units was carry out by the Honorable Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, Chandrarsiri  Gajadeera at prison premises of the Prison Headquarters on 03rd  September, 2014.
After successful training from 22nd June to 21st July 2014, passing out and awarding of certificate ceremony to Jailors and Rehabilitation Officers Class 1/11, was held under the patronage of Hon. Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms at the prison ground on 21st July, 2014. There, 20 Jailors class 1 and 6 Rehabilitation Officers  class 1, 65 Jailors class 11  and one Rehabilitation Officer class 11  passed out on this day. Secretary to the Ministry, Mr.G.S.Wethanage, Commissioner General of Prisons, Mr.Chandrarathna  Pallegama, Commissioners of Prisons and retired prison officers joined the event.

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