Singapore Prisons Services!

Hi everyone!

The following will be the last minutes taken for 2013 NUS Psychology Society’s academic talks!

Interested in working as a psychologists in the prisons services? Here it goes…


Approximately 28 psychologists employed in the prison service, with psychologists being deployed to various teams

There is a team of psychologists providing psychological services to prison officers, given that the roles of prison officers are challenging/Prison officers are often the ones who have the closest contact with the inmates.

  • A number of other teams in the prison services dealing with intervention for inmates relating to their risk of specific reoffending (Deal more with criminal psychology)

 Psychologists are also involved in research and policy work

 Although many might think It is dangerous to work in a prison., generally, you will be working in a very safe environment.

Are inmates angry and uncooperative?

  • It depends on the reasons they are directed to you.
  • Many inmates will not direct their anger to you.
  • We have to bear in mind; most offenders are cooperative and appreciative of us.
  • Many offenders have difficult backgrounds (eg, family abuse school drop-out). Hence, psychologists are given a chance to walk into their life and provide them with positive relationship.
  • It can be quite intimidating when you first see the offenders. However, you soon realize that you relate to them much like anyone else.

Working in the prison services dealing with offenders, psychologists do have to find ways to overcome their personal obstacles (eg. Dealing with sexual offenders) In short, mental resilience is crucial.

What are the core duties being a psychologist in SPS?

  • Assessments (Assess the inmate’s risk on others upon release, clinical assessments)
    • Recent years, many different corporations work together to assess offender’s risk of violence upon release)
    • Information gained from all these assessments are used by different parties to make various decisions regarding programming/ release etc.
    • Research
    • Training (to different prison officers and authorities)

 Benefits for working in prison

  • No shortage of training opportunities
  • Can be exposed to a lot of knowledge
  • Able to attend international conferences


  • Post-graduate qualifications in Clinical or Forensic Psychology preferable
  • Min 2nd Upper Honours in Psychology
  • At least Grade B3 for alevel GP

Entry salary?

  • $2400 to $4500

  Internship opportunities?

We do hope that all these minutes taken during our academic talks are useful! Do visit our website regularly as we will continue to update our website frequently.

With love,

NUS Psychology Society