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Ministerial statement: K Shanmugam on prison conditions and rehabilitation

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Singapore’s prisons are not overcrowded, said Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam. Their conditions are acceptable and fit in with the philosophy of how prisons ought to be, he added. On the medical front, inmates are given care by prison psychiatrists and specialists. The prisons also have "more control" to maintain safety, order and discipline so that inmates can focus on rehabilitation and not live in constant fear for their personal safety. They have "zero tolerance" towards gang-related activities. Mr Shanmugam highlighted these aspects as he outlined Singapore's prison and rehabilitation regime in Parliament on Monday (Jul 4). He stressed that prisons work on the concept of "throughcare" to address the rehabilitation needs of inmates in prison and help them reintegrate into society when they are released.

Singapore’s prisons are not overcrowded, said Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam. Their conditions are acceptable and fit in with the philosophy of how prisons ought to be, he added. On the medical front, inmates are given care by prison psychiatrists and specialists. The prisons also have "more control" to maintain safety, order and discipline so that inmates can focus on rehabilitation and not live in constant fear for their personal safety. They have "zero tolerance" towards gang-related activities. Mr Shanmugam highlighted these aspects as he outlined Singapore's prison and rehabilitation regime in Parliament on Monday (Jul 4). He stressed that prisons work on the concept of "throughcare" to address the rehabilitation needs of inmates in prison and help them reintegrate into society when they are released.

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