‘Prisons Are Overcrowded’ – M’sia Gov’t Is Considering Home Detention For Prisoners

It is currently under review.

The government has agreed in principle to implement the Licensed Release of Prisoners (PBSL) through home detention for prisoners serving jail sentences of four years and below as an effort to reduce overcrowding in prisons.

- Advertisements -
Saifuddin nasution ismail
Photo via FB/Saifuddin Nasution Ismail

More humane approach

This announcement was made by Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, emphasizing a more humane approach to handling prisoners, especially those with chronic illnesses, the elderly, disabled, and pregnant women, by integrating them back into society under monitored conditions.

- Advertisements -

Read also: Najib’s Prison Sentence Reduced From 12 To 6 Years, Says CNA

According to Kwong Wah Daily, the initiative is currently under review to determine whether existing laws need amendments or if new legislation is required, with urgency placed on the process.

- Advertisements -

Saifuddin highlighted the effectiveness of existing programs like parole, compulsory attendance orders, and community rehabilitation in not only reducing prison populations but also in saving costs for the country.

Saifuddin prisons too crowded 2
Photo via FB/Saifuddin Nasution Ismail

“Remarkably, out of 800 prisoners released under these programs, only one has returned to prison,” he reportedly said.

During the 234th Prison Day celebration at the Puncak Borneo Prison Complex, it was also revealed that Sarawak Prison has been awarded the Outstanding State Prison Award 2023.

This accolade comes in recognition of their exceptional achievements in meeting international standards across four key performance indicators, including recidivism, remand population, overcrowding rates, and the rate of incarceration.

Weirdkaya is on instagram!
For more stories like this, follow WeirdKaya on Facebook and Instagram!

We are hiring writers!
We are hiring writers!