About Us

Organizational Profile

The Sierra Leone Correctional Service (SLCS) came into being following the passing into law of the Sierra Leone Correctional Service Act 2014, which repealed the Ordinance of 1960 and put into extinction the Sierra Leone Prisons Service. This transition was not meant to be a matter of nomenclature, but of substance. Previous prison service had a punitive focus in its approach to dealing with inmates. The current structure was designed to institutionalize the process of Reformation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of inmates, although the Act of 2014 only made provision “to establish the Sierra Leone Correctional Service, to introduce provisions for the organization and management of correctional centers and for other related matters.”

The Sierra Leone Correctional Service (SLCS) came into being following the passing into law of the Sierra Leone Correctional Service Act 2014, which repealed the Ordinance of 1960 and put into extinction the Sierra Leone Prisons Service. This transition was not meant to be a matter of nomenclature, but of substance. Previous prison service had a punitive focus in its approach to dealing with inmates. The current structure was designed to institutionalize the process of Reformation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of inmates, although the Act of 2014 only made provision “to establish the Sierra Leone Correctional Service, to introduce provisions for the organization and management of correctional centers and for other related matters.”

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Our Mission

The Sierra Leone Correctional Service exists as part of an integrated justice system to protect society by keeping inmates in secure and humane conditions whilst encouraging and actively assisting in their rehabilitation and re-integration by a professional workforce.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide a secure, caring and reliable service to inmates and society.

Our Philosophy

We are social engineers. We transform offenders of the law by reforming, rehabilitating and reintegrating them back into society where they can make meaningful contributions to the well-being society. We believe there is good in every one of us, including people who fall foul of the law. We believe everyone, if put under certain social pressures can make bad decisions. But we all have the capacity to rise above our mistakes and inspire change and social transformation where ever we find ourselves.

Our Core Values

The Sierra Leone Correctional Service (SLCS) operates under the following principles:

“We respect and uphold the fundamental Human Rights of Inmates in the discharge of our duties, and strive to exceed the UN minimum standards for the treatment of Inmates. We keep Inmates in a healthy, safe and secure environment. We engage in programs that promote reformation and rehabilitation of Inmates and their reintegration into society.

We create an effective security network to prevent escapes within and outside the Correctional Centre. We build good working relationships with other partners in the Justice Sector and other key stakeholders to promote fair access to justice. We develop our human resource capacity in order to achieve effective and efficient service delivery. We ensure equal opportunity for all.”

In summary, our core values are:

  • Respect: We recognize the dignity of everyone including inmates and try to treat people in this context.
  • Tolerance: We treat each other without prejudice, fear or favor
  • Justice: We exercise fairness and justice even when it is difficult to do so.
  • Truth: We stand for truth and vow to speak and live it at all times
  • Excellence: We strive to deliver an exceptionally superior service and constantly improve ourselves to deliver this more efficiently

Our Team

Meet the Team

Sampha Billo Kamara

Director General

Joseph Lamboi

Deputy Director General

Joined the service on 1st September 1980, have had job experiences in several sections within the department including welfare officer, officer-in- charge of kabala correctional Centre, Freetown male correctional Centre, commandant correctional service training school, PRO, Regional commander for north, west and south correction, advisor UNMIS in Sudan, Director of support and now Deputy Director General. He got Master of Art (MA) at the Njala University, Bachelor Arts (BA) at the Fourah Bay College

Mr. Dennis Hermann

Director Human Resource

Joined the service since 1984 and have had experiences in several areas within the Centre such as Prison Agriculture Officer, Third- in-command, Freetown central maximum Prison, Officer-in-charge, new England Prison, Commanding Officer, Southern region Prisons, Regional Commander, Eastern Region Prisons, Commandant, prison Officers Training School, Prison Procurement Manager, Director Security and Operations and now Director Human Resource. Obtained Public Administration International Management USA, Master of Arts in Peace and Development studies at Njala University and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture General.

Mr. Tony Alpha Conteh

Director of Security and Operations

Joined the Sierra Leone Correctional service in 1992 and have worked at different unit within the center including support in planning, management, operational guidelines, security assessments, inspections and monitoring of all correctional centres. Officer- in- charge to carry out the provision of security and welfare needs to inmates and staff of the SLCS, Director of Corporate service, Camp manager of the Mapeh internment camp. Obtained Bachelor of science in Economics and Social Science at the Fourah Bay College, Post Graduate Diploma in International Management(MBA) at the International Management Institute.

Mr. Ahmed Turay

Assistant Director of Corrections

Joined the service in 3rd August 1992, have had job experiences in several departments including Manager, male correctional Centre, Freetown, Director of Corporate Service, Commandant Correctional Officers Training School, Staff Officer Correctional Headquarters, Freetown, Regional Commander-East, Director Administration and Services Headquarters, Deputy Manager Correctional Centre, Kambia, Records officer Correctional Freetown, Attached to the registry Section, prisons Headquarter, Director of Training, Regional Commander Western Area and Masanki. Obtained Bachelor in Geography Sociology at Fourah Bay College, Diploma in Adult Education FBC.

Tommy Bull

Assistant Director of Corrections (ADC)

Joined the service in 1992, has served in several ranks as director of training, director of human resource etc. Now serves as assistant director of corrections. He also holds a B.A General from the university of Sierra Leone.

Salimatu Kohyee Bangura

Assistant Director of Corrections (ADC

Enlisted into the service in 1985. Holds a B.Sc. Hons in Nursing, Masters in Public Administration, Barrister of Law (LLB) Ongoing.

Elizabeth Aminata Gbagla nee Jenkins

Mohamed Santigie Turay

Chief Superintendent of Corrections (CSC.)

Enlisted into the service in 1985. Holds a B.Sc. Hons in Nursing, Masters in Public Administration, Barrister of Law (LLB) Ongoing.

Mathew S. Yokie

Principal Accountant SLCS

MBA Business Administration
B.Sc. Hons Applied Accounting Degree.

Kandeh Kamara

Lead Internal Auditor, Sierra Leone Correctional Service.

Enlisted into the service in 1985. Holds a B.Sc. Hons in Nursing, Masters in Public Administration, Barrister of Law (LLB) Ongoing.

Margaret Elizabeth RobertsS. Yokie

Chief Superintendent of Corrections

Joined the service 30th October 1978, have worked as Office Typist, gate Supervisor, Female Commanding Officer. YWCA Vocational Institute

Mr. Joe Gbouma Alieu

Senior Procurement Officer.

Mr. Mathew S. Yokie

Principal Accountant.

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JSCO

Justice Sector Sierra Leone – Is an institution established in 2007 for the development of government’s priority reforms within the justice sector. JSCO coordinates strategic reform priorities for justice sector initiatives including MDA’s, NGO’s and CSO’s in identifying reform needs, gaps and challenges.

UNDP

UNDP has had a presence in Sierra Leone since 1965, working in partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone, development partners, UN agencies, civil society and local communities, contributing to good governance, peace and prosperity. UNDP Sierra Leone is committed to assisting the Government of Sierra Leone to improve the lives of its citizens, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and to ensure a future that offers equality, dignity and opportunity for all.

UNDP is also working with the Sierra Leone Correctional Services by the giving them the requisite skills in the areas of processes and procedures in individual case management. UNDP has also supported the SLCS in the rehabilitation of Makeni, Mafanta and Sefadu correctional services.