Prisons Act
(Chapter 247, Section 84)
Prisons (Employment) Regulations
Rg 4
G.N. No. S 315/1985

(31st January 2002)
[1st November 1985]
1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Prisons (Employment) Regulations.
2.  In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires —
“chairman” means the chairman of the Committee;
“Committee” means an Employment Release Selection Committee appointed pursuant to regulation 3;
“deputy chairman” means the deputy chairman of the Committee;
“employment” means the employment referred to in regulation 4.
Appointment of Committees
3.—(1)  The Minister may from time to time appoint one or more committees to be known as the Employment Release Selection Committee.
(2)  The Committee shall consist of —
(a)a chairman;
(b)a deputy chairman; and
(c)not more than 4 other members as the Minister may from time to time determine.
(3)  The chairman and the deputy chairman shall be persons appointed as Visiting Justices under section 79 of the Act.
(4)  The chairman, deputy chairman and other members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Minister.
(5)  A member of the Committee shall hold office for such period, not exceeding 2 years, as the Minister may determine and shall be eligible for re-appointment.
(6)  A member may resign from his appointment at any time by giving notice in writing to the Minister.
(7)  The chairman may, by instrument in writing, authorise any member to exercise any power or perform any function conferred on the chairman by or under these Regulations.
(8)  The Committee may determine its own procedure as it thinks fit.
Committee to review suitability for employment of prisoners
4.  The Committee shall consider or review the case of a prisoner on his suitability for employment beyond the precincts of the prison in which he is detained and shall make its recommendations to the Director.
Director to act on recommendation of Committee
5.—(1)  The Director may, on the recommendation of the Committee, grant a prisoner leave for employment with such employer and on such conditions as he may specify.
(2)  The Director may at any time amend, vary or add to any condition which he may impose under paragraph (1).
(3)  If the Director is satisfied that a prisoner has contravened or failed to comply with any of the conditions imposed under paragraph (1) or (2) or has for any reason ceased to be so employed, he may cancel the leave granted to the prisoner under paragraph (1).
(4)  Any prisoner who fails to return to the prison after the leave granted to him has been cancelled under paragraph (3) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
(5)  If any prisoner who has been granted leave for employment under paragraph (1) remains at large without lawful excuse, he shall be deemed to be unlawfully at large and to have escaped from lawful custody.
Prisoner granted leave for employment may be granted leave to return to place of residence
6.—(1)  A prisoner who has been granted leave for employment under regulation 5 may also be granted leave by the Director to return to his place of residence or to any other designated place at such times and subject to such conditions as the Director may specify.
(2)  The Director may at any time revoke any leave granted to a prisoner under paragraph (1).
Superintendent to release prisoner given leave under regulation 5 or 6
7.  Where any grant of leave for employment under regulation 5 is in force in respect of a prisoner or any leave is granted under regulation 6 to a prisoner, the Superintendent shall release the prisoner at such times and for such periods as are necessary to give effect to the grant of leave for employment or grant of leave.
Wages to be paid by employer to Director
8.—(1)  Any wages payable by an employer to a prisoner for work done during any period of employment for which he is released pursuant to regulation 5 shall be paid by such employer to the Director or any other officer authorised by him in writing who shall forthwith credit such wages in an account to be opened in the name of the prisoner.
(2)  Subject to regulation 9, a prisoner shall be entitled to withdraw the sum standing to his credit in his account opened under paragraph (1) at any time and for such purposes as may be approved by the Superintendent.
Compulsory savings
9.  The Director may, from time to time, prescribe such proportion of the monthly wages of a prisoner as being compulsory savings from the prisoner and which sum may not be withdrawn by the prisoner except with the prior approval of the Director.
Prisoners may apply for leave for employment
10.  Any prisoner who had not been granted leave for employment under regulation 5 may appeal for such leave to the Director whose decision shall be final.
[G.N. No. S 315/85]