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Community Befriending Project

"I feel that we must not shun these people (offenders). We cannot put them aside. They need us to reinstate them back into society; get them fitted back into society again." 

Ms Kamala Krishnan

An offender needs a network of pro-social peers that encompasses friends, mentors and befrienders, to support his reintegration efforts.

Pro-social peers also play the role of “surrogate families” and provide a pro-social support network for those without strong family support. Positive peer influence has the potential to prevent re-offending by allowing an offender to meet his social and other needs in lawful ways.

Singapore Prison Service welcomes passionate individuals to sign up as a befriender. The befriender service targets inmates who have been incarcerated for more than 3 years and have minimal support from family and positive peers. Volunteers will foster meaningful mentoring relationship that begins in prison and continues after their release, preparing offenders for reintegration into society.


Contact person(s):

Community & Family Policy (CFP) Branch, Rehabilitation & Reintegration Division (RRD)

Email Address:

Telephone: (65) 6546 9539

Fax: (65) 6546 2459

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