CONSTITUTION AND ADMINISTRATION
3. The Minister may, by notification in the Gazette —
declare any house, building, enclosure or place, or any part thereof, to be a prison for the purposes of this Act for the imprisonment or detention of persons lawfully in custody;
define which prisons shall be used for the custody of particular classes of prisoners;
declare that any prison shall cease to be a prison; and on the publication in the Gazette of such declaration, or from and after any later date specified therein, that prison shall cease to be a prison; and
declare any prison, house, building, enclosure or place, or any part thereof, to be a reformative training centre for the detention of persons sentenced to reformative training.
—(1) The Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint the lock-ups at such police stations and court houses to be places for the confinement of persons awaiting trial, remanded, or sentenced to such terms of imprisonment, not exceeding one month, as may be specified in each case.
(2) A lock-up appointed as a place of confinement under subsection (1) shall not be deemed to be a prison for the purposes of this Act or of the Registration of Criminals Act (Cap. 268) and regulations made under section 84 shall not apply thereto, but every such lock-up shall be deemed to be a prison for the purposes of Chapter XXV of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cap. 68).
(3) The Minister may make regulations with regard to lock-ups appointed under subsection (1) to provide for all or any of the following matters:
the inspection and management of such lock-ups and the officers to be in charge thereof;
the employment of persons confined therein;
the diets to be supplied to such persons;
the maintenance of discipline.
—(1) Whenever it appears to the Director —
that the number of prisoners in any prison is greater than can be conveniently kept therein, and that it is not convenient to transfer the excess number to some other prison; or
that, by reason of the outbreak within any prison of disease or for any other reason, it is desirable to provide for the temporary shelter and safe custody of any prisoners,
such provision shall be made as the Director may, with the approval of the Minister, direct for the shelter and safe custody in temporary prisons of so many of the prisoners as cannot be conveniently or safely kept in the prison.
(2) Every such temporary prison shall be a prison for the purposes of this Act.
—(1) Subject to the orders of the Minister, the general charge and administration of prisons and the control and direction of prison officers throughout Singapore shall be vested in the Director.
(2) The Director may from time to time make such transfers, and direct the employment and distribution, of prison officers as he may think fit.
—(1) Subject to the orders of the Director, the administration of each prison shall be vested in a Superintendent.
(2) If the Superintendent of a prison is temporarily absent or temporarily incapacitated, the powers and duties of the Superintendent under the Act or any regulations made thereunder may, during the period of absence or incapacity, be exercised and performed by any prison officer appointed by the Director.