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New Integrated Prison Facility to Enhance Throughcare Rehabilitation and Reintegration Support for Inmates

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SINGAPORE, 22 APRIL 2021 – Selarang Park Complex (SPC), a new integrated development by the Singapore Prison Service (SPS), was officially opened today by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law.

As part of SPS’s transformational journey, SPC is designed to provide a rehabilitative environment that leverages technology for greater operational efficiency and effectiveness. It also has the infrastructural capability to support rehabilitation and reintegration programmes, as well as provide vocational training opportunities for over 3,000 inmates and supervisees.[1]

The integrated complex includes a Drug Rehabilitation Centre (DRC) at Institution S1, a Work Release Centre at Institution S2, the Selarang Park Community Supervision Centre (SPCSC), a Prison Link Centre, a Quarantine Centre and the Selarang Halfway House (SHWH). SPC has been fully operational since September 2020.[2]

Greater Collaboration with Community Partners Promotes Offenders’ Successful Reintegration

 The housing of incare and aftercare facilities within the same compound highlights SPS’s emphasis on providing throughcare rehabilitation and community corrections, and the co-location of community partners at SPC underscores the integral role they play in the successful reintegration of offenders.

Features such as communal living spaces and easier access to programme facilities by community partners enable inmates and ex-offenders to benefit from the full range of rehabilitation programmes and initiatives available, and receive support in a safe and structured manner at SPC.

 Yellow Ribbon Singapore (YRSG) will provide employment assistance to inmates and ex-offenders at SPC as well. The new YRSG Employment Assistance Unit, located within SPCSC, provides important employment-related support, such as job matching, to ensure inmates and ex-offenders are gainfully employed following their release.

 A Smart Prison Optimising Operations through Technology

 As part of its “Prison Without Guards” strategy, SPS has embarked on various technological initiatives over the years to boost operational efficiency, and to enable prison officers to focus on inmates’ rehabilitation.

 SPC is equipped with full Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) coverage, and has deployed the use of smart cameras and advanced video analytics to aid prison officers in detecting irregular behaviour such as fights and responding swiftly.

 SPC is also the first SPS facility that leverages Facial Recognition technology to allow inmates and supervisees to have unescorted access within specific and secured zones. CCTV cameras detect inmates’ faces and verify their identities against the prison database. This allows muster checks to be conducted remotely, and complements the physical muster checks.

 Minister Shanmugam said: “The Selarang Park Complex signals an important step in the transformation of Prisons. Improvements in infrastructure, coupled with the considered use of technology, will help our officers and our community partners as they help offenders rehabilitate and reintegrate into society.”

 SUPT 1A Terence Ong Choon Teck, Superintendent of Institution S1 added: “Inmates face challenges in reintegration, such as maintaining employment and staying away from antisocial peers. Inmates who are motivated to change will benefit the most from the rehabilitation programmes offered to them. SPS will continue to work with our community partners such as halfway houses, volunteers and employers to provide inmates with structured support and supervision to prevent re-offending. By leveraging technology, automation and community support as force multipliers, we will continue to strive for our prisons and DRCs to be the safest and most efficient in the world”.

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[1] Supervisees refer to inmates emplaced on community-based programmes and ex-offenders who are on the Mandatory Aftercare Scheme.

[2] The SPC facilities were operationalised at different periods. The SHWH was officially opened in January 2019. Institution S2 and the SPCSC were operationalised in July 2020. Institution S1 and the Prison Link Centre (Selarang Park) were operationalised in September 2020.

 

About the Singapore Prison Service (SPS)

As an agency under the Ministry of Home Affairs and a key member of the Home Team, SPS enforces the secure custody of inmates and rehabilitates them for a safer Singapore. SPS’s team of Captains of Lives – comprising uniformed officers and civilian staff – works closely with inmates, their families, aftercare agencies, community partners and volunteers. The Captains of Lives inspire and steer inmates to take ownership of their rehabilitation and be responsible and contributing citizens.

With its world-class prison system and evidence-informed correctional practices, SPS was awarded the Singapore Quality Award with Special Commendation in 2012 and 2019 – a recognition of its dedication to the secure custody and effective rehabilitation of inmates.  SPS, YRSG and community partners work closely to keep the recidivism rate in Singapore low and stable.

About Yellow Ribbon Singapore (YRSG)

YRSG is a statutory board under the Ministry of Home Affairs. It was established on 1 April 1976 as the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE) and rebranded as YRSG on 1 May 2020.

YRSG adopts a multi-faceted approach to prepare ex-offenders for reintegration into the national workforce, which includes initiatives to help them develop skills and long-term careers through partnerships with industry, as well as initiatives to garner community support and acceptance of ex-offenders.  YRSG works with more than 7,000 like-minded partners.

YRSG will continue to advocate for ex-offenders, raise awareness of the challenges they face, and bring the private, public and people sectors together to help them. 

For more information, refer to YRSG’s website at http://www.yellowribbon.gov.sg.


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