PART VII
DISCIPLINE AND PRISON OFFENCES
Offences governing prison supplies
60.—(1)  No prison officer, medical officer, member or employee of the Corporation or any other person working in a prison shall —
(a)sell, supply or receive, directly or indirectly, any benefit or advantage from the sale or supply of any article to or for the use of any prisoner or for the use of any prison;
(b)directly or indirectly have any interest in any contract or agreement for the sale or supply of any article referred to in paragraph (a); or
(c)directly or indirectly have any pecuniary interest in the purchase of any prison supplies, or receive any discount, gift or other consideration from contractors for or sellers of such supplies, or have any pecuniary dealing with prisoners or with their friends with regard to them.
[8/2000]
[33/2004 wef 04/10/2004]
(2)  A prison officer, medical officer, member or employee of the Corporation or any other person working in a prison shall not hold any communication with any person on behalf of any prisoner unless authorised by the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner or the Superintendent.
[8/2000]
[Act 1 of 2014 wef 01/07/2014]
[33/2004 wef 04/10/2004]
(3)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $6,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
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Desertion
61.  Any prison officer who unlawfully or in breach of his engagement absents himself from duty under circumstances which show that he has the intention of not returning to his duty shall be deemed to have deserted, and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, and all arrears of pay due to him shall be forfeited.
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Payment of money forbidden
62.—(1)  No money or other consideration shall on any pretext whatsoever be payable, paid, given or promised by or on behalf of any prisoner, either on his entry into, commitment to, continuance in or discharge from any prison, to any prison officer, medical officer, member or employee of the Corporation, or to any other person working in a prison.
(2)  Any such person receiving or demanding any such money or other consideration or undertaking any service in consideration of receiving or the promising of such money or other consideration shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,200 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
[8/2000]
(3)  Any public officer convicted under this section may, unless the conviction is reversed on appeal, be dismissed from his office, and all arrears of pay due to him may be forfeited.
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[8/2000]
Delivery of uniform, etc., on leaving
63.—(1)  Every prison officer shall, before leaving the Singapore Prison Service (whether by resignation, dismissal, discharge or otherwise), deliver up in good order (fair wear and tear excepted only) any arms, ammunition, accoutrement, uniform or other article supplied to him as a prison officer and any other property belonging to the Government which may be in his possession.
[33/2004 wef 04/10/2004]
(2)  Any person who fails to comply with this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to both and in addition thereto shall be liable to pay the value of any article not delivered up, which value shall be summarily ascertained by the court and shall be recoverable as if it were a fine.
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[8/2000]
Threatening, insulting or assaulting another prison officer
64.—(1)  Any prison officer who threatens or insults another prison officer of senior or equal rank —
(a)when that other officer is on duty; or
(b)when the threat or insult is related to or is consequent upon the discharge of duty by the officer so threatened or insulted,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
[33/2004 wef 04/10/2004]
(1A)  Any prison officer who assaults another prison officer —
(a)when that other officer is on duty; or
(b)when the assault is related to or is consequent upon the discharge of duty by the officer so assaulted,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years.
[33/2004 wef 04/10/2004]
(2)  Any person convicted under this section may, unless the conviction is reversed on appeal, be dismissed from his office, and all arrears of pay due to him may be forfeited.
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Wearing and possession of uniforms, etc., by others
65.—(1)  A person who, when the person is not a prison officer —
(a)wears or possesses any prison officer uniform, or uses any prison officer insignia —
(i)for the purpose of personating or representing himself as a prison officer; or
(ii)knowing that it is likely to cause any member of the public to believe that he is a prison officer;
(b)uses the designation of a prison officer or a rank of the Singapore Prison Service, in connection with any business, occupation or employment —
(i)for the purpose of personating or representing himself as a prison officer; or
(ii)knowing that it is likely to cause any member of the public to believe that he is a prison officer;
(c)represents himself, by word or conduct, to be a prison officer for the purpose of personating or representing himself as a prison officer; or
(d)wears or possesses any prison officer uniform, or uses any prison officer insignia, in connection with any business, occupation or employment, for the purpose of falsely claiming, suggesting or implying —
(i)that the person receives or is to receive, a fee, commission or other reward for providing professional or other services in relation to a matter being dealt with or to be dealt with by the Singapore Prison Service;
(ii)that the Singapore Prison Service has agreed to acquire any goods or services provided by or on behalf of the person, or that those goods or services had previously been used or acquired by the Singapore Prison Service; or
(iii)that the person has the sponsorship or approval of the Singapore Prison Service for any goods or services provided by or on behalf of the person,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,500 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
(2)  A prison officer who wears any prison officer uniform or uses any prison officer insignia otherwise than —
(a)in the course of, and for the purpose of, exercising the functions of a prison officer; or
(b)for such other purpose authorised in writing by the Commissioner,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,500 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
(3)  It is a defence to any prosecution for an offence under subsection (1)(a) or (2) if the accused proves, on a balance of probabilities, that —
(a)the accused had the express permission of the Commissioner to wear or possess the prison officer uniform or use the prison officer insignia, as the case may be; or
(b)the accused wore or possessed the prison officer uniform or used the prison officer insignia (as the case may be) for the purposes of a public entertainment provided in compliance with the Public Entertainments Act (Cap. 257).
(4)  A person (whether or not a prison officer) who —
(a)manufactures any prison officer uniform or prison officer insignia otherwise than under an agreement with the Government;
(b)sells any prison officer uniform or prison officer insignia to a person who is neither a prison officer nor otherwise authorised or permitted under subsection (3) to wear or possess the prison officer uniform or use the prison officer insignia; or
(c)gives or provides, whether or not for a consideration, any prison officer uniform or prison officer insignia to a person who is neither a prison officer nor otherwise authorised or permitted under subsection (3) to wear or possess the prison officer uniform or use the prison officer insignia,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.
(5)  It is a defence to any prosecution for an offence under subsection (4) if the accused proves, on a balance of probabilities, that —
(a)the accused had reasonable grounds to believe and did make reasonable inquiries to ascertain that the person to whom the prison officer uniform or prison officer insignia was sold, given or provided was —
(i)a prison officer; or
(ii)a person otherwise authorised or permitted under subsection (3) to wear or possess the prison officer uniform or use the prison officer insignia; or
(b)the accused had received from the person to whom the prison officer uniform or prison officer insignia was sold, given or provided, evidence purporting to show that —
(i)that person was a prison officer or was otherwise authorised or permitted under subsection (3) to wear or possess the prison officer uniform or use the prison officer insignia; and
(ii)it was reasonable to and the accused did accept that evidence as correct.
(6)  An offence under subsection (1), (2) or (4) is an arrestable offence.
(7)  In this section —
“prison officer insignia” means —
(a)any item (being any insignia, emblem, logo, symbol, representation, device, badge of rank or other thing) that is generally recognised as being used by a prison officer;
(b)any part of any such item;
(c)any reasonable imitation of any such item, or part of such item; or
(d)any insignia, emblem, logo, symbol, representation, device, badge of rank or other thing prescribed as being within this definition;
“prison officer uniform” means the uniform of a prison officer, and includes —
(a)any part of such a uniform or any accoutrement of a prison officer that is generally recognised as a part of the uniform or accoutrement of a prison officer; or
(b)any reasonable imitation of such a uniform or accoutrement, or part of a uniform or accoutrement;
“sell” includes —
(a)exchange or let on hire;
(b)offer, expose, possess, send, forward or deliver for sale, exchange or hire; or
(c)cause, suffer or allow any sale, exchange or hire;
“use”, in relation to prison officer insignia, includes —
(a)driving on a public road a vehicle that has on it any prison officer insignia; and
(b)using a reproduction or representation of prison officer insignia,
but does not include wearing a prison officer uniform.
[Act 53 of 2018 wef 13/05/2019]
Unauthorised articles, communications and recordings
66.—(1)  Any person who, without the authority of this Act, the regulations made under this Act or the express permission of the Commissioner —
(a)conveys, supplies or causes to be supplied or conveyed to any prisoner, or hides or places for his use any unauthorised article;
(b)brings or attempts by any means to introduce into any prison, or places or attempts to place where prisoners labour, any unauthorised article;
(c)brings or attempts to bring out of any prison, or conveys from any prisoner, any unauthorised article;
(d)makes any audio or visual recording in a prison;
(e)communicates with a prisoner, in circumstances where he knows or ought reasonably to know that the communication is likely to encourage, incite or agitate any prisoner to commit a prison offence, and thereby encourages, incites or agitates a prisoner to commit a prison offence;
(f)does any act, or omits to do any act which he is required by law to do, which he knows or ought reasonably to know is likely to have any of the following effects, and does have such effect:
(i)prejudicing the safe custody of prisoners, the safety of any person in a prison, or the security of a prison; or
(ii)prejudicing the maintenance of good order and discipline in a prison,
shall be guilty of an offence.
(2)  Any prison officer who, without the authority of this Act, the regulations made under this Act or the express permission of the Commissioner —
(a)knowingly suffers any unauthorised article to be sold to or received or used by or on behalf of any prisoner;
(b)lends or gives to any prisoner any unauthorised article;
(c)knowingly suffers any unauthorised article to be brought out of any prison, or to be conveyed from any prisoner;
(d)knowingly suffers the making of any audio or visual recording in a prison; or
(e)knowingly suffers any act or omission which he knows or ought reasonably to know is likely to have any of the following effects, and does have such effect:
(i)prejudicing the safe custody of prisoners, the safety of any person in a prison, or the security of a prison; or
(ii)prejudicing the maintenance of good order and discipline in a prison,
shall be guilty of an offence.
(3)  Any person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $3,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both and, if he is a prison officer, he may, unless the conviction is reversed on appeal, be dismissed from his office, and all arrears of pay due to him may be forfeited.
(4)  In this section, “unauthorised article” means —
(a)any letter or document;
(b)any electronic storage device;
(c)any intoxicating substance, drug or stimulant;
(d)any food or drink;
(e)any item of clothing;
(f)money; or
(g)any article not specifically authorised by the Commissioner to be brought into or out of a prison.
[Act 1 of 2014 wef 01/07/2014]
Prisoner may be allowed to work
67.  Whenever any person is sentenced to imprisonment, the person may be allowed to work at any labour prescribed under this Act, and for which he is certified as fit by the medical officer.
[Act 1 of 2014 wef 01/07/2014]
Separation of prisoners
68.—(1)  Persons confined under civil process, and persons on remand charged with crimes or offences, or committed to take their trial, or confined for want of sureties, shall not —
(a)ordinarily be associated with convicted prisoners; or
(b)be required to labour beyond such labour as is reasonably proper for keeping their persons and dress in a proper state, and keeping the places in which they are confined clean.
(2)  All juveniles shall, so far as local conditions permit, be kept apart from adults under detention.
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Extramural custody of prisoners
69.  A prisoner, when being taken to or from any prison in which he may be lawfully confined, or whenever he is working outside or is otherwise beyond the limits of any such prison in or under the lawful custody or control of a prison officer, shall be deemed to be in prison, and shall be subject to all the same incidents as if he were actually in prison.
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Punishment by Superintendent for minor prison offences
70.—(1)  The Superintendent may punish any prisoner found after due inquiry to be guilty of a minor prison offence as specified in section 72 by ordering him to undergo one or more of the following punishments:
(a)confinement in a punishment cell for a term not exceeding 7 days;
(b)forfeiture of remission not exceeding such amount as may be prescribed;
(c)reduction in grade or postponement of promotion for such period as may be prescribed;
(d)a written warning;
(e)in the case of a prisoner subject to a home detention order under section 52, extension of the hours to which the prisoner is required to remain indoors under the conditions of the order.
[8/2000]
(2)  The Superintendent shall enter in a register to be open to the inspection of the Visiting Justices a record of the punishments imposed by him upon prisoners, showing, in respect of each prisoner punished, the name of the prisoner, the nature of his offence and the extent of his punishment.
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Punishment by Superintendent for aggravated prison offences
71.—(1)  The Superintendent may punish any prisoner found after due inquiry to be guilty of an aggravated prison offence as specified in section 73 by ordering him to undergo one or more of the following punishments:
(a)corporal punishment not exceeding 12 strokes with a rattan;
(b)confinement in a punishment cell for a term not exceeding 7 days;
(c)forfeiture of remission not exceeding such amount as may be prescribed;
(d)reduction in grade or postponement of promotion for such period as may be prescribed.
[8/2000]
(2)  Where the Superintendent has imposed any punishment upon any prisoner under subsection (1), the Superintendent shall notify the Commissioner of the facts of the case and the punishment imposed on the prisoner not later than 7 days after imposition of the punishment.
[8/2000]
[Act 1 of 2014 wef 01/07/2014]
(3)  The Commissioner may within 14 days, or such longer period as may be required in exceptional cases, of being notified by the Superintendent under subsection (2) —
(a)confirm any punishment imposed by the Superintendent under subsection (1); or
(b)vary any punishment imposed by a Superintendent under subsection (1), including enhancing, reducing or substituting the punishment imposed by the Superintendent or imposing such additional punishment that could have been awarded by the Superintendent under that subsection.
[8/2000]
[Act 1 of 2014 wef 01/07/2014]
[33/2004 wef 04/10/2004]
(4)  Where the Commissioner imposes forfeiture of remission under subsection (3)(b), the forfeiture of remission shall not exceed such amount as may be prescribed.
[8/2000]
[Act 1 of 2014 wef 01/07/2014]
(5)  Any punishment imposed by a Superintendent under subsection (1) shall not be carried out until confirmed, or varied, by the Commissioner under subsection (3).
[8/2000]
[Act 1 of 2014 wef 01/07/2014]
(6)  The Superintendent shall enter in a register to be open to the inspection of the Visiting Justices a record of the punishments imposed by him and by the Commissioner under subsection (3) upon prisoners, showing, in respect of each prisoner punished, the name of the prisoner, the nature of his offence and the extent of his punishment.
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[8/2000]
[Act 1 of 2014 wef 01/07/2014]
Minor prison offences
72.  The following shall be deemed to be minor prison offences:
(1)talking during working hours, or talking loudly, laughing or singing at any time after having been ordered by an officer of the prison to desist;
(2)quarrelling with any other prisoner;
(3)secreting any article whatever;
(4)showing disrespect to any officer or official visitor;
(5)common assault or taking part in any attack on any other prisoner;
(6)answering untruthfully any question put by an officer or an official visitor;
(7)holding any communication (in writing, by word of mouth, or otherwise) with any person in disobedience of the regulations of the prison;
(8)abetting the commission of any minor prison offence;
(9)omitting to assist in the maintenance of discipline by reporting any prison offence, or to give assistance to an officer when called on to do so;
(10)doing any act or using any language calculated to wound or offend the feelings and prejudices of any other prisoner;
(11)doing any act calculated to create any unnecessary alarm in the minds of the prisoners or officers;
(12)leaving without permission of an officer the group to which he is attached, or the part of the prison in which he is confined;
[33/2004 wef 04/10/2004]
(13)leaving without permission of an officer the ward, the yard, the place in file, the seat or berth assigned to him;
(14)loitering about the yards or lingering in the wards when these are open;
(15)omitting or refusing to march in file when moving about the prison or proceeding to or returning from work;
(16)visiting the toilets without permission of an officer or remaining there longer than is necessary;
(17)refusing to eat the meals provided;
[33/2004 wef 04/10/2004]
(18)eating or appropriating any food not assigned to him or taking from or adding to the portions assigned to other prisoners;
(19)removing without permission of an officer food from the cook-room or from the place where meals are served, or disobeying any order as to the issue and distribution of food and drink;
(20)wilfully destroying food or throwing it away without orders;
(21)introducing into food or drink anything likely to render it unpalatable or unwholesome;
(22)omitting or refusing to wear the clothing given to him, or exchanging any portion of it for the clothing of other prisoners, or losing, discarding, damaging or altering any part of it;
(23)removing, defacing or altering any distinctive number, mark or badge attached to, or worn on, the clothing or person;
(24)omitting or refusing to keep the person clean, or disobeying any order regulating the cutting of hair;
(25)omitting or refusing to keep clothing, blankets, bedding, fetters, or utensils clean, or disobeying any order as to the arrangement or disposition of such articles;
(26)tampering in any way with prison locks, lamps or lights or other property with which he has no concern;
(27)stealing the prison clothing or any part of the prison kit of any other prisoner;
(28)committing a nuisance in any part of the prison;
(29)spitting on or otherwise soiling any floor, door, wall or other part of the prison building or any article in the prison;
(30)wilfully befouling the toilets, washing or bathing places;
(31)damaging the trees within the enclosure of the prison;
(32)omitting or refusing to take due care of all prison property entrusted to him;
(33)omitting or refusing to take due care of, or injuring, or misappropriating, the materials and implements entrusted to him for work;
(34)omitting to report at once any loss, breakage or damage which he may have caused to prison property or implements;
(35)manufacturing any article without the knowledge or permission of an officer;
(36)performing any portion of the task allotted to another prisoner, or obtaining the assistance of another prisoner in the performance of his own task;
(37)appropriating any portion of the task performed by another prisoner;
(38)mixing or adding any foreign substance to the materials issued for work;
(39)cursing or swearing, or using indecent, violent, threatening or insulting language;
(40)causing or omitting to assist in suppressing violence or insubordination of any kind;
(41)immoral, disorderly or indecent behaviour;
(42)omitting or refusing to help any prison officer in case of an attempted escape or of an attack upon such officer or upon another prisoner;
(43)disobeying any lawful order of an officer;
(44)idling or refusing to work or showing negligence in the performance of his allotted task;
(45)defacing or damaging the walls, furniture or other property of the prison;
(46)malingering;
(47)refusing to undergo medical treatment;
(48)any breach by a prisoner subject to a home detention order under section 52 of the conditions of the order other than conduct constituting an aggravated prison offence specified in section 73;
(49)any other act, conduct, disorder or neglect to the prejudice of good order or discipline though not specified in the preceding paragraphs.
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[8/2000]
Aggravated prison offences
73.  The following shall be deemed to be aggravated prison offences:
(1)mutiny;
(2)escape or attempt to escape;
(3)taking part in any assault or attack on any officer;
(4)aggravated or repeated assault on any other prisoner;
(5)wilful destruction of prison property;
(6)wilfully causing to himself any illness, injury or disability;
(7)wilfully making a false or groundless accusation or complaint against any officer or prisoner;
(7A)any act constituting a minor prison offence under section 72, committed by one or more members or associates of a secret society in connection with the activities of any secret society, whether or not all the other members of the secret society are present;
[33/2004 wef 04/10/2004]
(8)repetition of any minor prison offence after having been twice punished for the same minor offence;
(9)failure by a prisoner subject to a home detention order under section 52 to report to such person and at such times and place as may be specified under the conditions of the order;
(10)where a prisoner subject to a home detention order under section 52 is required under the conditions of the order to allow the Superintendent or any person authorised by the Superintendent to enter his place of residence, or any other place or places designated under the order, the refusal by the prisoner to allow the entry, or obstructing or hindering the entry, of such person;
(11)any other act of gross misconduct or insubordination;
(12)abetting the commission of any aggravated prison offence.
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[8/2000]
Punishment by Visiting Justices
74.—(1)  Where a prisoner is accused of any aggravated prison offence and the Superintendent is of the opinion that, in the circumstances of the case, the power of punishment which he possesses is inadequate, he shall forthwith report the matter in writing to the Visiting Justice or Justices.
(2)  The Visiting Justice or Justices shall, upon receipt of such report, attend at the prison without undue delay and investigate the charge, and may punish any prisoner whom after due inquiry upon oath he or they may find guilty of such offence with one or more of the following punishments:
(a)confinement in a punishment cell for a term not exceeding 30 days on such prescribed diet as he or they may think fit;
(b)corporal punishment not exceeding 24 strokes with a rattan;
(c)forfeiture of remission not exceeding such amount as may be prescribed.
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Prisoner may make his defence
75.  No prisoner shall be punished until he has had an opportunity of hearing the charge and evidence against him, and making his defence.
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Detention after date of discharge
76.—(1)  Any punishment lawfully imposed on a prisoner under this Act or any regulations made thereunder may be carried into effect notwithstanding that the carrying into effect thereof may necessitate the detention of the prisoner beyond the date at which he would otherwise be entitled to be discharged from prison.
(2)  The period of detention under subsection (1) shall not exceed 48 hours, such period to be calculated from the last hour of the day upon which the prisoner would otherwise be entitled to be discharged.
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Corporal punishment
77.—(1)  When any sentence of corporal punishment is passed under this Act upon any prisoner, he shall not be liable to more than one such sentence in respect of the act or acts, or omission or omissions, for which he has been sentenced.
(2)  No sentence of corporal punishment shall be passed upon —
(a)a woman;
(b)a man sentenced by a court to death; or
(c)a man whom a medical officer considers to be more than 50 years of age.
[33/2004 wef 04/10/2004]
(3)  In no case shall a sentence of corporal punishment in excess of 10 strokes with a light rattan be passed upon a juvenile.
(4)  No sentence of corporal punishment shall be inflicted unless a medical officer is present and certifies that the prisoner is in a fit state of health to undergo the punishment.
[33/2004 wef 04/10/2004]
(5)  If, during the execution of the sentence of corporal punishment, a medical officer certifies that the prisoner is not in a fit state of health to undergo the remainder of the sentence, the corporal punishment shall be finally stopped.
[33/2004 wef 04/10/2004]
Superintendent may restore remission
77A.  The Superintendent may, in his discretion, restore to any prisoner a period of remission or any portion thereof which had previously been forfeited by such prisoner.
[Act 1 of 2014 wef 01/07/2014]
Prosecution for offences
78.  Nothing in this Act shall be construed to exempt any prisoner from being proceeded against for any offence by the ordinary course of law, but no prisoner shall be punished twice for the same offence.
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Appointment of Visiting Justices
79.—(1)  The Minister shall appoint a Board of Justices of the Peace, to be called the Board of Visiting Justices, of which all Magistrates shall be ex-officio members.
[8/2000]
(2)  Each member of the Board of Visiting Justices –
(a)shall hold office for a period not exceeding 2 years or for such other period as the Minister may determine;
(b)may from time to time be re-appointed or at any time be removed from office by the Minister; and
(c)may at any time resign from his office by giving notice in writing to the Minister.
[8/2000]
(3)  A Visiting Justice —
(a)may at any time visit any prison or reformative training centre and may inspect the several wards, cells, yards, solitary or punishment cells and other apartments or divisions of the prison, inspect and test the quality and quantity of the prisoners’ food, hear the complaints (if any) of the prisoners, and question any prisoner or prison officer;
(b)shall ascertain, so far as possible, whether the prison regulations are adhered to, and shall call the attention of the Superintendent to any irregularity that may be observed in the working of the prison or reformative training centre or in the treatment of any prisoner confined therein; and
(c)shall exercise and perform such other powers and duties as may be prescribed.
(4)  The Board shall appoint one or more of its members to be, on rotation, a Visiting Justice or Justices of the prisons for each month of the year, and such Visiting Justice or Justices shall hear, try and dispose of such prison offences as to which a report under section 74(1) has been made.
(5)  Every Visiting Justice shall, for the purposes of this Act, have power to summon witnesses and to administer oaths.
(6)  The Board shall in relation to persons detained in reformative training centres exercise such functions as may be required of it by any written law.
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Visits by Judges, Magistrates, etc.
80.  Every Judge, Magistrate or Justice of the Peace having jurisdiction in the place where any prison is situate may —
(a)whenever he thinks fit, enter into and examine the condition of the prison and of the prisoners therein;
(b)question any prisoner or officer; and
(c)enter any observation he thinks fit to make in reference to the condition of the prison in a Visitors’ Book to be kept for that purpose by the Superintendent, which book shall be duly produced to the Visiting Justices at their next ensuing visit.
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Scheme for prisoners to engage in employment
81.—(1)  The Minister may introduce a scheme for prisoners who are considered suitable to take up gainful employment whilst they are serving their sentences.
(2)  Any prisoner taking up employment under a scheme referred to in subsection (1) may, notwithstanding the provisions of any order made by any court, Judge, Magistrate or other public officer for the committal of such prisoner, be released daily to perform any work outside the limits of any prison.
(3)  A prisoner who carries out work outside the limits of any prison pursuant to such a scheme shall be deemed to be in prison and in the lawful custody of the Superintendent and shall be subject to all the same incidents as if he were actually in prison.
(4)  The Minister may make regulations with regard to the scheme of gainful employment for prisoners and such regulations may prescribe for all or any of the following purposes or matters:
(a)the terms and conditions upon which prisoners are to be released to take up employment outside the limits of any prison;
(b)the terms and conditions of engagement of prisoners;
(c)the manner in which wages shall be paid to the prisoners; and
(d)the proportion of wages earned by prisoners under such scheme of employment which may be retained by the prisoners for the payment of food and travelling expenses.
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[5/85]
Minister may amend Schedules
82.—(1)  The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, amend the First or Second Schedule.
(2)  An order made under this section may contain such saving and transitional provisions as are necessary or expedient for the purposes of the order.
(3)  All orders made under this section shall be presented to Parliament as soon as possible after publication in the Gazette.
[Act 1 of 2014 wef 01/07/2014]
Trial of offences
83.—(1)  Except where by this Act it is otherwise expressly provided, all offences under this Act shall be cognizable by a District Court or a Magistrate’s Court.
(2)  Subject to subsection (3), any District Court or Magistrate’s Court shall, notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in the Criminal Procedure Code (Cap. 68), have the jurisdiction to try any offence under this Act and to impose the full punishment in respect of the offence.
[Act 1 of 2014 wef 01/07/2014]
(3)  Any District Court or Magistrate’s Court shall, if it has jurisdiction under the Criminal Procedure Code to try an offence alleged to have been committed in breach of the basic condition of a remission order specified under section 50S, have the power to impose the full enhanced sentence under section 50T for that offence, notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in the Criminal Procedure Code.
[Act 1 of 2014 wef 01/07/2014]
Regulations
84.—(1)  The Minister may make all such regulations, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, as are necessary for the good management and government of prisons and reformative training centres or for carrying out the objects of this Act.
(2)  In particular and without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), such regulations may prescribe for all or any of the following purposes or matters:
(a)the conditions of service and the powers, conduct and duties of the officers of prisons;
(b)the medical examination, measuring, photographing and taking of fingerprint impressions or other records of persons confined in any prison or otherwise detained in custody, including detailed personal statistics and histories, and for requiring full and truthful answers to all questions put to such persons with the object of obtaining such statistics and histories;
(c)the persons, if any, to whom such measurements, photographs, fingerprint impressions or other records are to be sent or supplied;
(d)the employment, diets, classification, safe custody, separation, treatment and discipline of prisoners;
(e)the kind of labour to be exacted at the different stages of their imprisonment with the manner and place of exacting the same;
(f)the granting, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any law, of remission in respect of sentences of imprisonment and imprisonment in default of payment of fine to prisoners who duly comply with the regulations that apply to them and with the conditions on which such remissions are to be made;
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(g)the disposal of the products of the labour of prisoners;
(h)the establishment of prisoners aid associations and societies and for the subsidising of their work and the utilising of their services in connection with prisoners discharged on probation and convicted prisoners whose sentences have expired;
(i)the supply of money, food, clothing or means of travelling to prisoners on their discharge;
(j)the early discharge of prisoners who become entitled to release on a date which falls on a Sunday or public holiday;
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(ja)the release of prisoners on remission orders or on external placement orders and the due administration of such orders;
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(jb)the classification of breaches of the mandatory aftercare conditions of remission orders to be serious breaches and minor breaches;
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(k)the proceedings and visits of the Visiting Justices;
(ka)the establishment of committees, however named, of an advisory nature, for the purposes of this Act;
[30/2008 wef 17/12/2008]
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(l)without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (ka), the establishment of an advisory committee for the purpose of advising the Commissioner on the suitability of a prisoner to be released for home detention under Part VI and its constitution, functions and procedures;
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[30/2008 wef 17/12/2008]
(m)any other matter which under this Act is required or permitted to be prescribed.
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(3)  All regulations made under this section shall be presented to Parliament as soon as possible after publication in the Gazette.
(4)  If a resolution is passed pursuant to a motion notice whereof has been given for a sitting day not later than the first available sitting day of Parliament next after the expiry of 3 months from the date when the regulations are so presented annulling the regulations or any part thereof as from a specified date, the regulations or such part thereof, as the case may be, shall thereupon become void as from that date but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder or to the making of new regulations.
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