The Injustice of Rehabilitation

By Charis Wong, Jaryl Lim Zhi Wei, Mok Ho Fai and Valerie Lew Jia Min.

At the recent Criminal Law Conference 2014, Law Minister K. Shanmugam laid out four fundamental principles that anchor Singapore’s criminal justice system, key among them being that “offenders must be given the opportunity to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society”. The swath of legislative changes in recent years, in particular, the wider range of sentencing options available today, places a greater emphasis on meaningful reform to the individual rather than being merely punitive in nature. Continue reading