Key Community-Based Rehabilitation Programme
- Probation is a community-based sentencing option by the Court when dealing with offenders who may otherwise be sent to penal or corrective institutions such as MSF Juvenile Homes, Reformative Training Centre, or the Prisons.
- Probationers can continue with most of their day-to-day activities such as school, work or National Service.
- Parental involvement is a key component in the probation process.
- The Probation Officer will regularly discuss the probationer's progress with the parents, school or employer and update the Court on the progress.
- Between 6 months to 3 years.
- Under the supervision of a Probation Officer under Section 5(1) of the Probation of Offenders Act, Cap 252.
The probationer is expected to comply with certain conditions stipulated by the Court, such as:
- Regular reporting to the Probation Officer
- Time restriction
- Community service
- Rehabilitation programmes tailored to probationer’s risks and needs.
Breach of Probation Conditions
- If the probationer does not follow the conditions of his Probation Order, he/she may be given warnings by the Probation Officer or taken to Court.
- The Court could either give a warning, amend the Probation Order or revoke the Probation Order and sentence the probationer for the offence for which he/she was placed on probation.
- The Court can impose additional orders such as a Detention Order or Weekend Detention Order for offenders charged in the Youth Court.
The Volunteer Probation Officer scheme seeks to promote volunteer participation and community awareness in the rehabilitation of offenders under MSF’s purview.
Flow chart of the probation process. The probation period can last between six months to three years.
As a community-based order, probation focuses on three strategies to develop the growth of probationers – (a) Individual and group work, (b) Family work; and (c) Rehabilitation programmes, educational, recreational and social activities.