Written Replies to Parliamentary Questions

Written Reply to Parliamentary Question on Inmates with Identified Intellectual Disabilities and Their Recidivism Rate by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law

Published: 06 February 2017



Mr Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) how many prison inmates are there currently with identified intellectual disabilities, with a breakdown by type and severity of intellectual disability; (b) what is the overall recidivism rate of this group of offenders; and (c) how does this compare with the recidivism rate of able-bodied, neuro-typical offenders with similar offences.




1. The Singapore Prison Service (SPS) will assess every inmate upon admission to understand whether they have any condition, e.g. medical, physical or intellectual disability, which may require special attention. Depending on the individual's profile and needs, SPS would tailor the management approach and rehabilitation programmes for the inmate such as housing arrangements, where this is practicable.


2. SPS does not currently collate detailed data on the overall number, profile and recidivism rate of inmates with intellectual disabilities. It plans to do so going forward.


Prisons Management and Rehabilitation