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Published: 25 Jan 2011 09:04PM (Singapore)
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Prisons-Community partnership helps keep recidivism rate low
With the help of the community, volunteers and aftercare agencies, the Singapore Prison Service (SPS) has maintained a low proportion of ex-convicts returning to prison.
Singapore’s recidivism rate decreased from 44.4 per cent in 1998 to 27.3 per cent in 2008 and is one of the lowest rates in the world.
The Singapore Prison Service (SPS) said its rigorous and strict inmate management regime and an effective targeted rehabilitation framework creates a conducive environment for change.
Deputy Director of Singapore Prison Service (SPS) Desmond Chin said:
“…We have helped many inmates, who are amenable to change, turn over a new leaf and equipped them with basic life-skills and knowledge to help them in their reintegration to society.”

“But these successes would not have been possible if not for the unwavering support we have received from our partners such as aftercare agencies like Singapore After-Care Association (SACA), Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA) and the Industrial & Services Co-Operative Society (ISCOS), our Prison volunteers and the community at large. They have played a critical role in helping us keep Singapore’s recidivism rate low,” said Mr Chin.

Further engagement with the community has also been encouraged.
The Committee on the Prevention of Re-offending (CPR) had recommended in mid-2010 that SPS work even more closely with community partners to provide aftercare support for ex-offenders.

Since then, several initiatives have been launched or enhanced, including SACA’s befriender service and SANA’s reintegration programme for ex-drug offenders and their families.
“We will continue to work together with our partner agencies, volunteers and the public at large to provide more rehabilitation opportunities to help motivate ex-offenders to stay crime-free,” said Mr Chin.
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