Chia Keng Prison



Chia Keng Prison was a medium-security prison located on Yio Chu Kang Road.1 It housed prisoners who were serving their second stage of detention under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act.2

History
Chia Keng Prison was opened in July 1976 with a capacity for 300 inmates.3 In 1993, the prison was demolished to make way for the development of new Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats and many of the inmates were transferred to the Tampines prison complex on Lorong Halus, off the Tampines Expressway.4

When interviewed by The Straits Times after the prison was demolished, many residents of HDB flats near Chia Keng Prison spoke fondly about the prison. Many had felt safe in the presence of Gurkha guards who stood watch at the prison’s watchtowers that were as close as 10 m from their flats. The residents also commented that the prison was quiet except for the monthly grass-cutting. A resident shared that he had bought a flat in the area for its unblocked view and a good breeze, as the low-rise prison buildings did not obstruct the view and breeze.5

Rehabilitation
Under the rehabilitation scheme set up by statutory board, Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE), inmates were employed by participating companies, particularly in labour-intensive assembly-line industries such as electronics and garment manufacturing. Inmates at Chia Keng Prison worked in the electronics industry.6



Author

Joshua Chia Yeong Jia



References
1. Neighbours miss the boys next door now that prison has moved. (1993, July 19). The Straits Times, p. 3. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Singapore. Prisons Dept. (1976). Annual report 1976. Singapore: Author, p. 5. (Call no.: RCLOS 365.95957 SIN-[AR])
2. Singapore. Prisons Dept. (1976). Annual report 1976. Singapore: Author, p. 8. (Call no.: RCLOS 365.95957 SIN-[AR])
3. Singapore. Prisons Dept. (1977). Annual report 1977. Singapore: Author, p. 6. (Call no.: RCLOS 365.95957 SIN-[AR])
4. Neighbours miss the boys next door now that prison has moved. (1993, July 19). The Straits Times, p. 3. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5. Neighbours miss the boys next door now that prison has moved. (1993, July 19). The Straits Times, p. 3. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
6. Chia, P. (1978, August 15). $4m – the Score by captive workforce. The Business Times, p. 12. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.



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Law and government
Public buildings
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Architecture and Landscape>>Building Types>>Civic and Administrative Buildings
Prisons--Singapore
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