08 Julai, 2010 18:33 PM
Malaysian Prisoner Recidivism Rate Much Lower Than In Other Countries - Hishammuddin

KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 (Bernama) -- The prisoner recidivism rate in the country is much lower than in many other countries, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said on Thursday.

He said the rate was only 16.8 per cent as against 78,360 prisoners last year compared to 59 per cent in the United Kingdom, 44 per cent in Canada, 42 per cent in New Zealand and 34.1 per cent in Australia.

In 2008, it was 17 per cent as against 75,572 prisoners and in 2007, twenty-three per cent as against 81,884 prisoners, he said in a written reply to a question from Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (PAS-Kota Raja) in the Dewan Rakyat.

Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud had wanted to know the number of prisons and prisoners in the country and the number of freed prisoners who went back to crime and returned to jail.

Hishammuddin said the recidivism rate for 2008 and 2009 was lower than the 17 per cent target of the National Key Result Area (NKRA) pertaining to crime reduction.

He also said that statistics as at May 24 this year showed that 34,774 people were serving time in 31 prisons in the country.

"The Prisons Department, through the Human Development Plan, strived to upgrade training and rehabilitation to enable prisoners to repent, acquire skills, be self-reliant and to keep away from crime upon their release," he said.

Hishammuddin said effective rehabilitation was expected to reduce the recidivism rate further.

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