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In carrying out its role and responsibilities as a detention and rehabilitation institution, the Prisons Department is subject to the acts and regulations passed by Parliament. Such acts and regulations empower the Prisons Department to confine a person as a prison inmate and to lawfully carry out a rehabilitation programme upon him. The acts and regulations are as follows:

1.

Prison Act 1995.


This act, also known as Act 537, is an amendment of the Prisons Ordinance 1952 and came into effect on 18 January 1996. It consolidated and amended the laws in respect of prisons, prisoners and matters relating thereto.
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2.

Prison (Amendment) Act 2008

 

This act, also known as Act A1332, is an amendment of the Prison Act 1995 and came into effect on 30 June 2008. It consolidated and amended the laws in respect of prisons, prisoners, parole and matters relating thereto

 

3.

Prisons Regulations 2000.

 

These regulations are the amendment to the Prisons Regulations 1953 and came into effect on 1 September 2000. They serve to elaborate on the general principles of prison administration and application of regulations.

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4.

Child Act 2001.

 


The act came into force on 1 August 2002 to replace the Juvenile Courts Act 1947 (Revised 1972) with a view to protecting children and their interests.

 

5.

Henry Gurney School Rules 1949

 


Established under the Juvenile Courts Ordinance 1947 to coordinate the regulations in respect of the management and treatment of inmates at the Henry Gurney Schools.


6.

Internal Security Act 1960 (Revised 1972)

 

The act was enforced in Peninsular Malaysia on 1 August 1960 and in Sabah and Sarawak on 16 September 1963. It was revised in 1972. It contains provisions for the internal security of Malaysia, preventive detention, prevention of the subversive acts, eradication of organised violence against persons and property in certain areas in Malaysia and any other matters incidental thereto.


7.

Internal Security (Detained Persons Ordinance) Rules 1960


Established with a view to coordinate the administration and management of detained persons in moral rehabilitation centres

 

8.

Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969

 

Enacted pursuant to Article 150(2) of the Federal Constitution with a purpose of maintaining public order and security, curbing violence and preventing crimes of terror. The ordinance came into effect on 16 May 1969.

 

9.

Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Rules 1970

 

These rules came into force on 1 January 1971 to coordinate the administration and management of detained persons in moral rehabilitation centres.

 

10.

Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985

 


Also known as Act 316, this act came into effect on 30 May 1985. It aims to provide for the incarceration of persons associated with any activities related to or involving the trafficking of dangerous drugs.

 

11.

Director General of Prison Standing Orders

 

Power is given to the Director General pursuant to Section 12 of the Prison Act 1995. The Director General may, in the exercise of his powers, issue any standing orders in respect of prison management.

 

12.

United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners

 


The rules were first introduced in 1955 at the Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders held in Geneva. They were passed on 31 July 1957 and later amended on 13 May 1977. The rules were established to prescribe general standards in connection with the principles and implementation of treatment of prisoners and the management of prison institutions.

 

 
 

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