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Profile of inmate population in penal institutions in Singapore

Source: www.mha.gov.sg

Written Answer to Parliamentary Question on comparison of the profile of the current inmate population in our penal institutions including juvenile homes and the profile of the general population, distributed by (i) household income (ii) highest education qualification obtained (iii) gender and (iv) ethnic group

Ms Sylvia Lim:
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs if he can provide a comparison of the profile of the current inmate population in our penal institutions including juvenile homes and the profile of the general population, distributed by
(i) household income
(ii) highest education qualification obtained
(iii) gender and
(iv) ethnic group.
Mr Wong Kan Seng:
The Prisons Department (PD) maintains statistics to support its rehabilitation regime. Of the four categories of information requested, PD is unable to share statistics regarding income levels and ethnic groups.
The profile of the population by gender and education in the drug rehabilitation centres, penal institutions, and juvenile homes as of Jun 2007 are set out in the tables below:
Table 1 Education
 
 
General Population
(as of Jun 06)
DRC Population
(as of Jun 07)
Penal Institution Population
(as of Jun 07)
Juvenile Homes Population
(as of Jun 07)
Level of Education/ Type of Education Data
Highest Education Qualification for Non-Students aged 15 yrs or above
Declared Education at Admission
Declared Education at Admission
Education Attained at Admission
Below Secondary
39%
39.4%
40.9%
59%
Secondary
22%
51.5%
47.7%
39%
Upper Secondary (i.e. ITE or A Levels)
11%
7.7% 
10.2% 
1% 
Polytechnic
9%
0.2%
0.2%
-
University
19%
0.3%
0.7%
-
Data Not Available
-
0.9%
0.2%
1%
Table 2 Gender
 
Gender
General Population
(as of Jun 06)
DRC Population
(as of Jun 07)
Penal Institution Population
(as of Jun 07)
Juvenile Homes Population
(as of Jun 07)
Male
49.5%
81%
94%
60%
Female
50.5%
19%
6%
40%

Source: www.mha.gov.sg News 17 Sep 2007

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