In the Prisons Department's 66th year, it is vital for the department to always be at the forefront on par with prisons organisations in developed countries in the aspects of prisons administration and management especially in handling different types of crime which are challenging and complex. It is a challenge that must be faced specifically in maintaining safety, harmony, cleanliness and well-being among the inmates. Based on the offences sentenced on today's inmates, theft and drug abuse are still the two highest offences. The Minister of Home Affairs stressed that the matter is worrying, especially those involving the country's youths. Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, thus urged the Prisons Department to continue working together with other agencies including Mukim Penghulus and Village Heads to reduce the occurrence of such cases in the country's society. Yang Berhormat Pehin voiced the matter at the Parade in conjunction with the 66th Anniversary of the Prisons Department, held at the Drill Grounds, Prisons Department Training Centre, in Tutong District, yesterday morning.
Towards this end, one of the Prisons Department efforts is by reducing the rate of recidivist or repeat offender. The Prisons Department has reached the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) target based on the rate of recidivist on cohort year 2015 which was 15.73%. The rate for cohort year 2016 has declined to 9.69% and continue to decrease to 7.77% for cohort year 2017. The declining rate of recidivist during the 3 years has proved that majority of the rehabilitation in-care and after-care programmes which was planned and executed by the department has bring a positive impact to the inmates. It is hoped that this year's KPI for the Prison's Department of under 15% rate of recidivist will be accomplished.
Yang Berhormat further added that in rehabilitation effort, it is undeniable that spiritual educational programmes bring a huge impact to the inmates. Currently, 11 local inmates are undergoing the 8 Juzuk or Chapters of Al-Quran memorisation programme. The Khatam Al-Quran programme is a beneficial rehabilitation programme in encouraging Al-Quran reading among the Muslim inmates. The programme is hoped to bring a positive impact to them upon their release.
Earlier, the ceremony began with an inspection of the parade by the Minister of Home Affairs. Also present were members of the Legislative Council, Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Acting Director of Prisons.
The function ran concurrently with the signing of the Group Takaful Scheme for officers and staff of the Prisons Department with Takaful Brunei Am Sendirian Berhad. The signing was between Awang Haji Muhammad 'Isamuddin bin Abdullah Juna, the Acting Director of Prisons and Awang Haji Shahrildin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Utama Dato Paduka Haji Jaya, Managing Director of Takaful Brunei Am.
At the function, Yang Berhormat Pehin also presented Prisons Department Excellent Employee 2019 certificates and awards to 20 recipients for their loyal and excellent service.
Source: Radio Television Brunei