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Penal recidivism rate in Singapore 2010-2019

In 2019, it was found that convicts who were released from prison in 2017 had a recidivism rate of 24 percent. Singapore has a relatively low recidivism rate, a result of the commitment to rehabilitation and reintegration of released convicts into society.

Overall recidivism rates in Singapore

Singapore measures its recidivism rate as the percentage of local inmates detained, convicted, and imprisoned again for a new offence within two years from their release. For juveniles, however, this rate is measured for a span of three years after release from a juvenile facility. In 2019, Singapore’s juvenile recidivism rate was much lower than that of adult convicts.

Rehabilitation programs in prison

To keep inmates from reoffending upon release, Singapore’s prison system offers several programs to facilitate the reintegration into society. Inmates are offered counselling, social skills training, as well as work and academic programs. Furthermore, repeat drug abusers who did not commit any other offenses were sent to the Drug Rehabilitation Center instead of to prison, in order to treat their drug addiction and prevent them from relapsing.

Rate of released convicts reoffending within two years in Singapore from 2010 to 2019, by release year

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Source

Release date

February 2020

Region

Singapore

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

According to the source, "recidivism rate is defined as the percentage of local inmates detained, convicted and imprisoned again for a new offence within two years from their release."

Data prior to 2014 found in previous reports.

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