Where is the Probation and Community Rehabilitation Service located?
1 Kay Siang Rd, #01-10, Singapore 248922
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1 Kay Siang Rd, #01-10, Singapore 248922
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The Integrated Service Providers (ISPs) are MSF-appointed social service agencies that run a suite of MSF-funded programmes known as diversionary programmes. These programmes divert largely first-time youth offenders below 21 years old who are arrested for minor offences from the Court system and help to rehabilitate them in a community setting. MSF funds these programmes as part of early intervention efforts for youth offenders.
The Triage system aims to facilitate early identification and diversion of suitable youth offenders committing minor offences, from the court system and to receive support. At the point of arrest, Investigating Police Officers will refer suitable youths and their parents to undergo a Triage interview by an ISP worker. The ISP social worker will submit a social assessment report to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) through the Police. Depending on the outcome, the offender may be placed on a pre-court diversionary programme, be administered a police warning, or be charged in Court.
The Guidance Programme (GP) is a 6-month diversionary programme for youth offenders who commit minor offences. Those who complete the programme are given a warning in lieu of court prosecution. Depending on their progress as well as risks and needs, the programme can be extended up to an additional 6 months.
The Youth Enhanced Supervision (YES) Scheme is a 6-month diversionary programme targeted at youths below 21 years of age arrested for drug consumption for the first time. It was implemented to complement CNB's urine supervision regime and utilises casework and counselling components. Depending on their progress as well as risks and needs, the programme can be extended up to an additional 6 months The YES Scheme also includes weekly or bi-weekly urine reporting requirements for up to 5 years.
The Enhanced Streetwise Programme (ESWP) is a 6-month diversionary programme for youths who played a minor role in gang-related offences. Concurrently, the youths are also required to report to the police and abide by restrictions on persons they are not to associate with or places they cannot hang out or visit. Depending on their progress as well as risks and needs, the programme can be extended up to an additional 6 months The SWP is a 6-month gang intervention programme for youths who are associating with gangs.
The Theft Intervention Programme (TIP) is a group-based intervention programme for youths who have committed repeated theft offences. TIP focuses on helping youths develop skills to take responsibility for their offending behaviours, examine the impact of their actions on others, identify personal offence cycles and crafts a detailed self-management plan to stop their stealing behaviours.
Probation is a community-based sentencing rehabilitation option ordered by the Court when dealing with offenders who may otherwise be sent to penal or corrective institutions such as MSF Juvenile Youth Homes, Reformative Training Centre, or the Prisons.
Probation, if completed successfully, is not a conviction record. You may refer to Section 11 of the Probation of Offenders Act 1951 for the full context to this provision.
The Probation Suitability Report (PSR) is called for by the Court to assess if an offender is suitable to be placed on probation. The PSR is prepared by a Probation Officer and entails a comprehensive social investigation covering information on the offender and family/significant others. However, the decision to grant Probation ultimately lies with the Court.
The Probation Officer will look into several factors when assessing an offender's suitability for probation. These include the offender's family background, attitude towards the offence/s, risk of future offending, strengths, needs and ability to commit to a rehabilitation plan under the probation regime. Other professional reports such as psychiatric or psychological reports may be included. However, the decision to grant Probation ultimately lies with the Court.
Probation conditions are part of requirements of a Probation Order. Being of good behaviour, reporting to and receiving visits from the probation officer and carrying out lawful instructions by the probation officer are some of the conditions every probationer will need to follow. The Court can order additional conditions, such as:
Time restriction including a period of electronic monitoring, if necessary;
Rehabilitation programmes tailored to probationer’s risk and needs;
Residence in a hostel for a stipulated period.
The probation period could be between 6 months and 3 years. It may be adjusted depending on the progress of the probationer.
It can be extended by the Court if the probationer showed unsatisfactory progress on probation, and a longer period of supervision is required to address the probationer’s risks and needs. The probation period can also be shortened if the probationer is granted an early discharge by the Court for showing outstanding progress while on probation.
There are different programmes targeting specific risks and needs for those who are placed on probation. The list of programmes can be found here.