Prisons will start after-care scheme for repeat offenders

Prisons in Singapore will be implementing a compulsory aftercare scheme for selected repeat offenders in 2013.

These selected offenders will have to undergo a three-stage programme comprising halfway houses, home detention and other conditions imposed.

It will take effect after they have completed two-thirds of their sentence and will last between six and 24 months.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean, who announced the new move, said that slightly more than half of the prison population last year were repeat offenders who have been imprisoned five or more times.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

Become a fan on Facebook