12 Sep '11, 7am

More ex-offenders getting a second chance in Singapore

SINGAPORE - More employers are hiring ex-offenders and this is a sign of greater community acceptance, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. He was speaking at an international conference, today, where delegates shared best practices in helping former prison inmates re-integrate into society. About 400 delegates from more than 60 countries will attend the five-day conference in Singapore. Mr Teo, who is also Home Affairs Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, said some 2,700 employers have volunteered to hire ex-offenders since 2007. He said greater collaboration between the community and the Singapore Prison Service has been key in helping ex-offenders find jobs after their release. He said: "Last year, there were 1,400 successful job matches for inmates being released. As we encourage more employers to offer employment opportunities to ex-offenders...

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