KUALA LUMPUR: Certain laws involving juveniles may be re-evaluated to prevent young offenders from breaking the law again, the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“We cannot only punish without educating,” Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said after opening the Crime Prevention Education Convention at Menara Kembar Bank Rakyat here yesterday.
“There are various laws used for juvenile cases. And some of those laws have to be studied again,” said Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister. He said the approach used by the Henry Gurney School had shown results.
“The curriculum in Henry Gurney seems to be the most effective,
“If we put them in jail, they will learn how to perform more serious crimes.
“So, prisons are like a school teaching crime to them,” he added.
It was reported last year that there were about 640 students currently undergoing rehabilitation programmes in eight prisons and four Henry Gurney reform schools.
On a separate matter, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Prisons Department recorded a slight increase in repeat drug offenders last year.
“The recidivism rate in 2016 was 7.6%, but there was a slight increase last year, to 7.8%. I have instructed the Prisons Department and other panels to study new methods of rehabilitation,” he said.