Strong community support, at each stage of the offender’s rehabilitation journey, has and will remain key in helping offenders live crime-free and productive lives, and help to build strong family units.
Today, many from the community have joined Singapore Prison Service (SPS) on our journey towards a society without re-offending. These are volunteers partnering SPS to provide programmes and initiatives to offenders, ex-offenders and their families. This strong and growing partnership with a healthy cross-section of the community is critical for the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders.
SPS works closely with Case Management Partners (CMPs) to provide case management services and support for inmates and their families through (a) needs identification, (b) individualised service planning and (c) implementation of intervention and measures to address those needs. By integrating a range of services in the community, CMPs are able to address the respective domains of needs such as employment, accommodation, financial issues and coping skills.
In addition to case management, CMPs also offer other services that help with the inmates’ reintegration into society. For example, our longstanding partners, SANA and SACA, offer voluntary walk-in services for inmates who require additional aftercare support in the form of the Step-Up Centre and Good Samaritans Reintegration Assistance Scheme respectively. Such initiatives are also extended to the families of inmates.
Community partners such as the Halfway Houses continue to partner SPS under the Halfway House Service Model.
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In addition to providing a strong religious foundation, which can be important for individuals to steer away from a life of crime, these programmes incorporate moral development and offer emotional support for inmates to cope with life’s experiences and help them better prepare for their release.
As part of the Throughcare Volunteer Framework, our religious volunteers also continue to provide pro-social support to offenders when they are released.
Yellow Ribbon Singapore or YRSG, is a statutory board under the Ministry of Home Affairs. SPS partners closely with YRSG to provide skills training and employment assistance for offenders and ex-offenders, and to engage the community through the Yellow Ribbon Project.
Career CoachesCareer coaches conduct assessments, job profiling and matching of offenders with suitable jobs. They also provide career coaching to help offenders understand their employment pathways and address potential work challenges. Suitable CBP supervisees may be assigned to career coaches to assist them in their employment matters.
To complement SPS’s efforts in rehabilitating inmates, we also partner with more than 1,300 volunteers from more than 40 organisations, to provide a range of rehabilitative programmes and activities for inmates.
These include befriending support, support groups, mentoring programmes, academic tutoring, interest-based activities and personal development programmes. These programmes provide opportunities for personal growth and development for inmates, and equip them with the right skills and knowledge, to aid them in their release. Another important partnership to support children and families is the Yellow Ribbon Community Project, or YRCP. The YRCP is an upstream intervention programme initiated in 2010. The YRCP garners political support in each of the 93 grassroots divisions in Singapore, and taps on each division’s grassroots volunteers to reach out to families of inmates to ensure that their basic needs are addressed through financial, education, housing and employment assistance. Vulnerable children are also be identified and connected to various services in the community. There are more than 1,100 YRCP volunteers today, and more than 17,000 families have been reached out to since YRCP’s inception.
Other stakeholders who also play an important role to support community corrections include:
Government agencies such as Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)
Law enforcement agencies such as Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB)
Community Action for Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders (CARE) Network partners
Volunteers from various organisations such as Social Service Agencies (SSA)
Halfway Houses under Halfway Service Model (HSM)
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