Our operations are 24/7, working conditions harsh, and the job difficult. But as Captains of Lives (COL), we are highly motivated because we aspire to make a difference in the lives of inmates.
Our Vision defines our role as Captains in the lives of inmates. It imbues us with a sense of mission because our purposeful interactions with these inmates will have a direct impact on their journey of rehabilitation.
Being COLs means we are fair yet firm in our treatment of inmates, and carry ourselves as their role models. We believe inmates have the potential to turn over a new leaf but the motivation to change must ultimately come from within themselves.
Hence, we are guided by three broad principles:
REHAB is a commitment to our programmes and services within the system to support inmates who have proven they have the inherent desire to change.
RENEW is a commitment an inmate makes to change his/her life for the better. Looking beyond their imprisonment, they demonstrate a willingness and desire to renew their lives.
RESTART is a commitment to garner the support of the community. Through the CARE Network, our offenders are given opportunities to restart their lives.
On our part, we foster reformation by changing inmates' belief and value systems, raising their motivation levels and targeting their criminogenic needs. Given that no two inmates are the same, we have evolved from an antiquated “one-size-fits-all” mass treatment approach and adopted an individualized and customized approach to their rehabilitation.
When inmates leave our prisons as reformed individuals, their families and the community are co-beneficiaries. Society becomes a safer place as they no longer pose a threat to the public.