KAJANG - The Home Ministry plans to set up transit homes for parolees to help ease them back into life outside prison.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the move was one of the several initiatives being discussed to improve the current parole programme.
"The houses will serve as a temporary home for them while they search for a permanent place to stay and get back on their feet.
"This is especially helpful for some parolees who have no family to help them when they come out," he told a press conference after closing the National Parole Conference at Kajang Prison yesterday.
Wan Junaidi said there would be at least one transit house per state while bigger states like Sabah and Sarawak would have several more.
"Other ideas that we are looking at is electronic tagging on the parolees to monitor their whereabouts at all times.
Wan Junaidi said the parole programme has had a high percentage of success with 8,436 out of 9,095 of those paroled since the start of the programme in 2008, successfully finishing their term.
"Only 1.7 per cent of parolees had their paroles cancelled due to violation of the programme's conditions."
He also said that the number of parolees who returned to the life of crime was only at 0.49 per cent.