Score focused on securing jobs for ex-offenders

I refer to The Straits Times Online article (MP Lim Biow Chuan clarifies comments on former offender's job snub, calls for 'proper conversation'; June 10). Unfortunately, it does not state the position accurately.

The Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (Score) has partnered more than 5,000 employers to provide jobs for former offenders, in industries as wide-ranging as food and beverage and hospitality, manufacturing, wholesale and retail, and logistics.

Last year, 97 per cent of the 2,201 inmates who received assistance in job placement through Score successfully secured a job before their release.

Score, working together with partners, including grassroots advisers, tries to find jobs for former offenders.

The former offenders, on their part, need to try their best to take the jobs that are found.

There are restrictions imposed by different government agencies for some jobs, to protect the interests of the public.

For example, depending on the severity and relevance of the offence, a person with crime antecedents is required to remain offence-free for some time, before he can take up certain jobs, including the job of a security officer. These offences include property offences such as robbery and housebreaking, and offences against persons such as voluntarily causing grievous hurt, among others.

In Mr Sheo Prasad Giri's case, the nature of his offence is such that he is restricted from being a security officer at this point in time. However, Score has been in touch with him to provide assistance to secure a job in other industries.

What is important is that we try our best to help former offenders reintegrate into society in ways which give them the best chance of uplifting themselves, and yet also protect the interests of the public.

Score will continue to work with employers to train former offenders and help them secure employment.

Sunny Lee
Director, Media Relations
Community Partnership and Communications Group
Ministry of Home Affairs

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2018, with the headline 'Score focused on securing jobs for ex-offenders'. Print Edition | Subscribe