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Labour crunch, more confidence in rehab lead to record number of inmates employed

Published on Mar 2, 2014 8:11 AM

A criminal past matters less at the office now.

The manpower crunch and greater confidence in rehabilitated offenders is driving more bosses to put former inmates on the payroll.

Singapore Prison Service (SPS) statistics released last month showed that a record 2,114 inmates bagged a job even before their release last year. In 2012, the figure was 1,708, up from 1,586 in 2011.

There has also been a 12 per cent jump in the number of employers registered with the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises' (Score) database - from 3,457 in 2012 to 3,876 last year.

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