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Information provided by CCF:

Corradino Correctional Facility
Valletta Road Paola, Malta
PLA 1518

Tel: 00356 21 691428
E-mail address: ccfadmin@gov.mt

 
 

CCF Statistics

Prison Population

Note: Statistics relate to Fridays of the Current Month and last Fridays of the month for the previous Year and last Friday of each Year respectively

Current Month
(Weekly)
   
 
Date
Males
Females
Total
27 March 2015
536
36
572
20 March 2015
542
36
578
13 March 2015
542
37
579
06 March 2015
544
36
580
       
Current Year
(Monthly)
   
Date
Males
Females
Total
27 March 2015
536
36
572
27 February 2015
543
36
579
30 January 2015
545
36
581
Previous Year
(Monthly)
   
Date
Males
Females
Total
26 December 2014
553
38
591
28 November 2014
555
34
589
31 October 2014
561
35
596
26 September 2014
567
35
602
29 August, 2014
541
35
572
25 July, 2014
577
36
613
27 June, 2014
588
43
631
30 May, 2014
597
38
635
25 April, 2014
607
38
645
28 March 2014
605
38
643
28 February 2014
589
41
630
31 January 2014
585
42
627
       
Previous Years
(Annually)
 
Date
Males
Females
Total
26 December 2014
553
38
591
27 December 2013
576
43
619
28 December 2012
564
47
611
30 December 2011
544
39
583
31 December 2010
548
36
584
25 December 2009
510
39
549
26 December 2008
412
28
440
28 December 2007
350
30
380
29 December 2006
357
18
375
30 December 2005
279
14
294
31 December 2004
265
23
289
26 December 2003
248
15
264
27 December 2002
266
15
282
28 December 2001
240
11
252
       

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Information on Correctional Services in Malta
(Text below is extracted from Ministry Website)
Kindly visit the site for more information

Correctional Services Malta

The Corradino Correctional Facility is situated at Valletta Road Paola and is the only civil prisons in Malta. The Motto is “Suavis Aspero” meaning Firm but Gentle. Apart from the main prisons at Paola there are other locations that are considered by law as places of custody, these are as follows:

Substance Abuse Therapeutic Unit at Mtahleb
Valletta Lock-Up below the Malta Law Courts
Forensic Unit (Mount Carmel Hospital) at Attard

Another service that is amalgamated with the Correctional Services is the Probation Services that are located at St. Paul’s Street Valletta.


Principal Goals

The principal goals as an institution are:

1. Keep prisoners in custody

2. Maintain order, control, discipline and a safe environment

3. Provide decent conditions for prisoners and meet their needs, including health needs

4. Provide positive regimes which help prisoners address their offending behaviour and allow them as full and as responsible a life as possible

5. Help prisoners prepare for their return to the community


Brief History

Before the commissioning of the prison was commenced, prisoners were kept in Fort St. Elmo, Fort St Angelo, Fort Ricasoli. During the Inquisition era prisoners were kept at the Palace of the Inquisitor situated at Vittoriosa. When the Knights of St. John ruled Malta, prisoners were kept in the residence of the Head of Justice in Valletta.

The building of the Civil Prisons started in the 1842. The construction plans of the prisons were designed by an English draughtsman Mr. W. Lamb Arrowsmith. Jeremy Bentham, an English criminologist started the idea that criminal people are to be kept for correction instead for punishment only. He adopted the panoptical view in building the Main Central Hall. The idea was that from a hall designed on a half-circle basis one can see everything that is happening in every division just with an eye glance. A similar prison that was designed on a panoptical scale is located in Pentonville, U.K. The original plans were to host (200) prisoners in (4) Divisions, but with the passing of the years the population started increasing and the need of


more space was urgent. Other extensions of the main prisons were done on the long run, the most recent extensions were the building of a new Juvenile Division with a maximum capacity of (36) cells. This division started running in 1999. The other extension of the facility was the Remand Section where prisoners that are admitted at prisons, but not yet condemned by the Maltese Courts are kept separate from sentenced prisoners. This mentioned section started running in 2003; the new building includes a new Administration Block and 3 Divisions with a total capacity of (141) cells.

The first prison regulations were issued in 1820. Some regulations that were issued at those times were that cells to be inspected on a daily basis and all types of gambling games were prohibited in the prisons. Personal hygiene was compulsory and every prisoner had to have a bath everyday and once a week had to have a shave. The unlocking of prisoners was done at sunrise while the closing of the prisoners was done at sunset; those prisoners that had good conduct were left out till 20.00hrs. It can be said that this privilege was not granted to those who where serving a sentence of more than 10 years. Forced work was compulsory; there was time that work had to be done for 12 hours with some time for rest. In 1813 when Malta was hit by plague, prisoners were used to bury those who died with the mentioned illness. In 1993/4 the word Correctional Facility replace the word Prisons, and in 1995 a new set of prison regulations were issued replacing those that were issued in 1926.

The worst punishment that one could have was certainly the death penalty and the gallows was usually used. This originated when the Knights of St. John ruled Malta. In October 1971 the death penalty was abolished from the Maltese Laws with the Act 21, and the gallows was used on the 5th July 1943. In the era of the Knights of St. John the gallows was located on a point of the Grand Harbour known as Ricosili, and generally those that were condemned to death were found guilty of piracy and contraband. Later the death penalty was given at Rabat. When Captain Alexander Ball came to Malta and later became the Police Commissioner, the Maltese Law Courts were transferred from Imdina to Valletta and so the gallows was transferred to Floriana where today there is the War Monument. When the Corradino Prisons were built, the death penalty was given in a square in front of the prisons. In 1880 the execution started to be done in private and the burial service used to be done at Blata l-Bajda. In 1876 the cemetery of the prisons started to be used. Two brothers Carmel and Giuzeppi Zammit were the last that were hanged on the 5th July 1943. It is a fact that the last death sentence was given in 1963 to a man from Zejtun, but the Maltese Cabinet had petitioned for mercy to the Maltese Governor. The Governor accepted the Cabinet’s request by commuting the sentence.

Structure of the Correctional Services Organisation

The current post of Director of Prisons is vacant; presently Police Superintendent Mr. Abraham Zammit is acting as Director of Prisons. There are (187) Correctional Officers and (18) Police Officers, for a working force totalling (205) who are posted in various departments in the prisons.


The ranks in the Correctional Services are as follows:

• Director of Prisons
• Correctional Manager
• Assistant Director (Administration)
• Assistant Correctional Manager
• Correctional Supervisor
• Senior Correctional Officer
• Correctional Officer

Departments in the Correctional Facility

• Old Prisons
• Gate House
• Central Control Room
• Main Gate
• Special Response Team
• Dog Section
• Administration and Operations
• Inmates Needs
• Y.O.U.R.S. (Young Offenders Unit Rehabilitation Services)
• Medical Unit
• Trades
• Welfare Office
• Inmates Assessment Unit
• Debtors Section/Visiting Areas
• Education Unit
• Stores




Other Locations under the Correctional Services Regime

• S.A.T.U.
The Substance Abuse Therapeutic Unit is a Unit run by the Department of Correctional Services. This Unit caters for sentenced male individuals with a documented history of substance abuse, who of their own volition, request to
undergo a rehabilitation programme. Eligible individuals should be serving a sentence of more than six months and less than two years.
• Forensic Unit (M.C.H.)
• Valletta Lock-Up
The Valletta Lock-up is situated below the Malta Law Court. This location is used as a place of custody when inmates have court, and generally it is run by S.R.T. Officers.

 

 

 

 



 

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