MELAKA, June 13 (Bernama) -- The recidivism rate of the parole system
implemented in 2008 was only 3.63 percent, said Prisons (Security and
Correctional) deputy director-general Datuk Hassan Sakimon.
He said more than 3,000 offenders had been under the system which required
them to report to parole officers, who were also responsible for inspections at
their home and workplace.
"The parole system helps the parolees to maintain relationships with their
families, communities and employers. It also helps them turn over a new leaf and
not lapse into crime," he told reporters after the Message From Prison programme
launched by Tangga Batu member of parliament Datuk Idris Haron at the Sungai
Udang Prison Complex here today.
Hassan added that the Parole Board had the right to withdraw parole from
those who violated the system''s rules and the offenders would then have to serve
their full prison sentences.
Apart from the parole system, the Malaysian Prisons Department has several
other rehabilitation programmes including the Community Rehabilitation
Programme, Half-way House services and Compulsory Attendance Centre, he