The amendments to the Prisons Act, which were passed in Parliament in January 2014, shall come into operation on 1 July 2014.
2. The Conditional Remission System (CRS) and Mandatory Aftercare Scheme (MAS) were introduced as part of the legislative amendments. Those who commit offences on or after 1 July 2014 and are subsequently sentenced to imprisonment will be released from prison on the CRS and, if eligible, the MAS.
3. The CRS seeks to deter ex-inmates from re-offending by subjecting them to conditions upon their release, while the MAS will strengthen the Singapore Prisons Service’s system of throughcare by providing structured arrangements for selected groups of ex-offenders in the period immediately after their release.
4. 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. Both the CRS and MAS augment current programmes to reduce offending and re-offending and improve the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-offenders into society. However, at the end of the day, even with the additional support and aftercare provided to the ex-offender, it is ultimately the responsibility of the individual not to re-offend. If he does, he will be dealt with swiftly and strictly by the law.