Mission Statement & Objective

ACHCPS LogoThe Association of Caribbean Heads of Corrections and Prison Services (ACHCPS) was duly registered as a formal entity in Trinidad and Tobago on March 18, 2008.

The ACHCPS was formed during the Superintendents of Prisons Conference held in Grenada on June 12-16, 2006 in recognition that the administration of Corrections/Prison systems is imperative to the management of crime and security in the Caribbean.


The Mission of the Association is to promote the professional development of all personnel involved in the various facets of Corrections; striving also to ensure that the best policies and procedures are in place to meet the needs of correctional/prison environment in individual countries and the region as a whole.

The objectives of the ACHCPS are as follows;

  • To provide a professional association that will allow its membership to contribute to the enhancement of the services delivered in the correctional field.
  • To promote corrections policy at the country, regional and international levels that are consistent with the Association’s purposes, objectives and constitution.
  • To influence the development of laws and administrative procedures to safeguard the rights of corrections workers, victims and offenders in the adult and juvenile correctional system.
  • To publish and distribute journals and other informative materials relating to crime prevention, and corrections, also to encourage and stimulate research of these matters.
  • To conduct or sponsor correctional conferences, workshops, seminars and any such forum that would contribute to the professional development of the members.
  • To influence the passage of legislation that impinges on the criminal justice process for adult and juvenile offenders.
  • To develop a code of ethics that is appropriate for use in the correctional field and which will in turn give professional recognition to its personnel.
  • To assist in the development of standards and validated correctional training programmes that will prepare prospective personnel for entry to the correctional profession and also provide retraining and updating to those already in the field.
  • To propose and develop rehabilitative and post release programmes that will contribute to a reduction in recidivism.


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