Updated: 04/28/2014 20:21

Prisons call for more volunteers to help with rehabilitation efforts

Prisons call for more volunteers to help with rehabilitation efforts

The Singapore Prison Service hopes to attract more volunteers in a bid to improve support for ex-offenders. 

Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said this at the Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders (CARE) Workplan Seminar today. 

The CARE network aims to coordinate efforts that support the after-care of ex-offenders. 

Mr Masagos said since the network was set up in 2000, the number of volunteers has grown from 200 to more than 1,600 last year.

"I believe that the commitment of these volunteers is crucial in fulfilling your organisations' missions," Mr Masagos said. 

He added that more dedicated and passionate volunteers with a common mission are needed. 

Mr Masagos also said that the Prisons will soon share information of ex-offenders with parties involved in after-care management. 

This will ensure smooth flow of information from in-care to after-care. 

The Prisons Case Management System was rolled out in May last year and will be enhanced with more functionalities. 

He also said steps will be taken to ensure confidential details will not be leaked. 

In addition, Mr Masagos said the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises has been working with the Ministry of Social and Family Development and their social service offices to ensure smoother service planning for ex-offenders.

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