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Fewer youth returning to crime

Drop in recidivism rate likely due to more being done to help them adjust

Published on Apr 21, 2014 8:42 AM
 
Fewer offenders at juvenile homes are returning to their old ways, figures from the Ministry of Social and Family Development show. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MARK CHEONG  

A smaller proportion of offenders at juvenile homes are returning to their old ways, figures from the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) show.

The share of young offenders who commit another crime within three years of leaving these homes has dropped to 31.1 per cent for those released in 2009, the latest year for which data is available. This was 38.8 per cent in 2006 and 48.1 per cent in 2003.

Last year, there were 1,323 juvenile offenders, or those who commit a crime between age seven and 16. The higher-risk cases are usually sent to the two juvenile homes here - the Singapore Boys' Home and Singapore Girls' Home, both run by MSF.

The ministry and youth workers say the drop in the recidivism rate was likely due to more being done to help these young people, as well as better financial aid.

 
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