The Singapore After-Care Association (SACA) is a key aftercare agency providing welfare and rehabilitation services for discharged offenders and their families. The Association recognises that, upon release, the discharged offender (thereafter referred to as client) would face challenges related to employment, stigmatisation, and acceptance by the family and others. It also recognises that, during a client’s imprisonment, the family may be faced with several emotional and financial problems.
SACA’s aim is to assist clients and their families to cope with problems arising from the offending behaviour and the consequent incarceration. This is done with the belief that such assistance would give clients the chance to reintegrate into society successfully thereby reducing the chances of recidivism.
SACA was formed in 1956 and was registered as a charity and attained IPC status in 1984. The Association is a voluntary welfare organisation affiliated with the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and is also a member of the Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders (CARE) Network.
SACA is governed by a Constitution. The Association is managed by an Executive Committee, which comprises volunteers from the public with representatives from the Prisons Department. The Committee is elected into office annually during the Annual General Meeting.
The Prisoners' Aid Society was formed.
The Society became known as the After-Care Association to provide for the needs of a wider spectrum of offenders as well as detainees; neither of whom could be dealt with under the former rules.
The Singapore After-Care Association (SACA) was formed under the leadership of Chief Justice, Sir Alan Rose.
The Crown granted a plot of land in Dunlop Street for the construction of a three-storey hostel. The Rotary Club of Singapore generously helped raise $20,000, persuading the Government to contribute dollar for dollar.
SACA was formally registered as a society.
SACA was registered as a charity.
The Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders (CARE) Network was formed, with SACA as a founding member.
Association’s building undergoes major upgrading works thanks to generous funding from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
SACA turns 60!
SACA has a new Patron - The Honourable The Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.