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New measures to prevent prisoners from re-offending kick in on July 1

New legislative amendments to the Prisons Act to deter ex-inmates from re-offending, kick in on July 1.

SINGAPORE: New legislative amendments to the Prisons Act to deter ex-inmates from re-offending, kick in on July 1.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced this in a news release on Monday (June 30).

The Conditional Remission System (CRS) and Mandatory Aftercare Scheme (MAS) are among the amendments passed in Parliament in January 2014. The CRS subjects former prisoners to conditions upon their release, while the MAS will provide structured arrangements for select groups of ex-offenders in the period immediately after they are freed.

"The implementation of the CRS and MAS marks a paradigm shift in our approach to aftercare, bringing us in line with practices in other jurisdictions," stated the MHA.

It also said these schemes will strengthen current programmes to improve the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-offenders into society.

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