Prisons department aims to reduce repeat offenders through rehabilitation

KAJANG: The Department of Prisons aims to reduce the recidivism or recidivism rate to 10%.

Currently, the national recidivism rate is 15%.

Director General of Prisons Datuk Nordin Muhamad said this could be achieved within 10 years through the implementation of various rehabilitation programs including the new Civilized Human Culture Development Center in 42 prisons across the country. country.

He said the centers could bring a new culture within the workforce, in line with the third goal of the prison system defined in the Mandela Rules, which states that the purpose of prison is to provide security to the prison system. community so that they do not become “future victims”. ”.

“Every crime committed has its victim, and we could all become one if criminal activities are not checked and criminal minds are not cured.

“We want a healthy prison environment, inmates who communicate and create a civilized culture…if we treat them like criminals, they will also come out (to behave) like criminals,” he added at the launch. from the Civilized Humane Culture Development Center at the Department of Prisons headquarters here yesterday.

Nordin said a total of 76 officers and 1,050 staff successfully completed a training session conducted by three representatives of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Services of the United Kingdom to ensure that the objective of establishment of the center can be effectively achieved. — Bernama

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