Teokotai Joseph has been re-appointed as the Secretary for the Ministry of Corrective Services for a second three-year term.
In a statement, the Office of the Public Service Commissioner said for his second term, Joseph has several key goals, one will be to focus on developing and implementing the Integrated Offender Management System.
goal will be to review current legislation and regulations to modernise the
is envisaged that the ministry’s new laws will clearly stipulate the purpose of
the ministry and include principles to guide decision making around managing
inmates, offenders, and victim’s needs, while striving to keep the public,
staff and community safe.”
also aims to include cultural protocols from each Island to assist with
rehabilitation and re-integration of offenders and also for the staff to
understand the culture of each Islands when dealing with each offender.
scoping for a new Prison will be undertaken to address the safe and humane
housing of inmates to enable Government to meet legislative and international
standards of treatment of offenders and vulnerable groups such as youth,
disability and mental health inmates and offenders, the statement adds.
and the team at Corrective Services will further continue to strive towards
reducing the re-offending rates of offenders.”
Service Commissioner Carl Hunter, looks forward to working closely with Joseph
over the next three years.
commented that he has known Joseph for a long time and is confident that as
head of the ministry, he will continue to perform his duties and
responsibilities in a competent, professional and just manner.
has over 10 years’ experience working in various senior management roles in the
area of Probationary/Corrections and “is able to work autonomously or
collaboratively as part of a larger team always striving for excellence”.
began his career with the Cook Islands Police, moving to the Probation Service
where he rose to the position of Chief Probation Officer, until his appointment
as Secretary of Corrective Services in 2018.
of ministries are employed under three-year term contracts. Pursuant to the
Public Service Amendment Act 2009, a HoM’s employment may “roll-over” into a
second three-year term contract with the approval of Cabinet, provided that
performance criteria has been met during the HoM’s first term. “During his first term as Secretary, Joseph,
along with team at Corrective Services achieved above average performance
earning them a Public Service of Excellence Award.”