Programmes offered during incarceration
Core Skills Programmes
This programme seeks to equip inmates with the relevant coping skills (e.g. stress management) to help them adapt to the prison environment.
Education is important as a stepping stone for smoother re-integration to the community. Hence, suitable inmates are allowed to resume their studies within prison to enhance their employability upon release.
Work & Vocational Training
Various work programmes in prison offer inmates opportunities to acquire good work habits and skills through on-the-job training, in order to enhance their employability upon release.
Suitable inmates are also given vocational training programmes to equip them with relevant job skills and prepare them for work upon their release. SPS partners with SCORE to provide a range of vocational and employability skills training, including electronics, food preparation, work place literacy and IT skills, among others.
Specialised Treatment Programme
These programmes are given to inmates to address their criminogenic needs (e.g. drug addictions) and reduce their risk of reoffending.
Family-Focused Programme (FFP)
Families are an important source of support for offenders during their reintegration. As such, we work with community agencies to provide family-focused programmes to enhance bonding between offenders and their families.
Religion can play an important role in an inmate's change process. Hence, inmates are given opportunities to attend religious programmes delivered by volunteers from the various major religious organizations.
Community Reintegration Programme
Delivered just before release, this programme seeks to equip inmates with relevant skills and knowledge, so as to prepare them for their release from prison. Topics covered include employment, family and community reintegration.
Programmes offered to our inmates in the community
Community Based Programme (CBP)
These programmes allow suitable inmates to serve the tail end of their sentence in the community under supervision, so as to facilitate gradual reintegration back into society. The range includes the Halfway House Scheme, the Home Detention Scheme and the Work Release Scheme.
Community Aftercare Programme (CAP)
These aftercare programmes are delivered to inmates upon their release from prison, to support them in addressing any re-integration issues they may face.
Community Education Programmes
The main objectives of community education programmes are to create awareness on the consequences of criminal behaviour and drug abuse as well as to instil deterrence. Prisons facilitates visits into prisons and Drug Rehabilitation Centres under these programmes which focuses on at-risk youths.
Preventive Drug Education (PDE) DRC Visit Programme
Under the PDE DRC Visit Programme, experiential visits to Changi Prison Complex B, which is coordinated by CNB are arranged for youths arrested for drug abuse. The objective of the programme is to ensure that the students are aware of and understand the consequences of drug abuse and the strict regime that they will undergo if they are incarcerated. During the visits, talks are also given by Central Narcotics Bureau and Prison officers.
Prison Visit Education Programme for Schools (PVEPS)
The PVEPS is a joint initiative launched in 2004 by the Singapore Police Force, Singapore Prison Service and Ministry of Education. Participants are identified by their respective schools and coordinated by the respective Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPCs) and the Community Involvement (CI) Division of Police HQ. They are male students between the ages of 13 to 19 years old, who have been identified as at-risk of offending, and who have not been arrested by Police prior to the prison visit and have not visited any prisons as part of the other programmes listed above.
Streetwise Programme (SWP)
Initiated in 1997, the SWP is a 6-month developmental programme coordinated by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, and aims to reduce juvenile delinquency by catering to a specific group of wayward youths who have drifted into street corner gangs. Participants are identified and coordinated by Secret Societies Branch (SSB) of CID. They are male youths, between the ages of 13 to 19 years old who are at risk of getting involved in gangs.
Probationers’ Prison Visit Programme
Probation is a community-based programme administered by MSF for offenders. The participants are probationers with poor progress under supervision and are identified by Probation Service Branch of MSF. A portion of these probationers have been mandated by the Juvenile Courts to attend the programme as part of their probation orders.