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MSF Youth Homes: Completion & Recidivism Rate

MSF Youth Homes: Completion & Recidivism Rate

The MSF Youth Homes (i.e. Singapore Boys’ Home and Singapore Girls’ Home) function as a Place of Detention and a Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre for youths who are in conflict with the law, as well as a Place of Safety for youths who are beyond parental control or in need of care and protection. The Youth Court may order a youth to reside in the MSF Youth Homes, when it has assessed that community-based options are unsuitable or inappropriate based on the youths’ risks and needs.

The Homes offer academic, rehabilitative and holistic development programmes to meet the needs of the youths and their families so that the youths can reintegrate into society as socially responsible persons.

Completion Rate* (%) of all Youths at MSF Youth Homes

Cohort 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Completion Rate (%) 92.0 90.0 86.0 91.0 85.4 90.1 85.0 94.0 85.7 80.4 87
Total 92.0 90.0 86.0 91.0 85.4 90.1 85.0 94.0 85.7 80.4 87

*Cases refer to all residents at the MSF Youth Homes.
*Non-completion comprises:
- Youths who offend/re-offend during the term of residence at the Homes and are sentenced to Reformative Training/Prisons as a result
- Youths who breach their orders due to unruly behaviour in the Homes


YRS Completion & Recidivism Rate - 2010 to 2020 

Recidivism Rate^ (%) of Youths at MSF Youth Homes

Cohort 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Recidivism Rate (%) 40.0 35.2 30.4 39.7 42.4 44.6 30.9
Total 40.0 35.2 30.4 39.7 42.4 44.6 30.9

^Cases refer to only offender case types discharged from MSF Youth Homes.
^Recidivism Rate calculated based on a 3-year time frame, for offender case types only. With effect from the 2003 cohort, a more comprehensive methodology for calculating recidivism was introduced.

Source: Ministry of Social and Family Development 

Updated on 01 Feb 2021

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