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HISTORY OF CHANGI WOMEN'S PRISON

The Changi Women's Prison (CWP)was previously known as the Female Prison and was under the supervision of a Matron.

In its early days, CWP staff were known as Wardresses, except for the Matron and Assistant Matron.

In the 1970s, there were only 10 to 15 staff working there. There were 31 inmates in 1971.

The decade also saw an increase in drug abusers, which led to a high inmate population.

An additional block was built in 1978 to cater to the increase in drug abusers. In the late 1980s, the problem of overcrowding in Changi Prison arose and this led to the need for more prison facilities.

On March 20, 1994, the new Changi Women's Prison/Drug Rehabilitation Centre at Tanah Merah Besar Road was completed and 724 female inmates were moved into its five four-storey blocks.

Along with the Tanah Merah Prison, they were the first purpose-built prisons constructed since independence, and they cost 
$95 million.

SOME OF CWP'S INMATES INCLUDE:

  • Former Filipino maid Guen Garlejo Aguilar who killed a fellow maid and dumped the body parts near Orchard MRT station and at MacRitchie Reservoir. She was jailed for 10 years in May 2006 for manslaughter;
  • Agnes Ng, who in 2002 was sentenced to life imprisonment for kidnapping businessman Tay Teng Joo;
  • Ex-air stewardess Constance Chee, who was jailed 13 years for abducting and causing the death of her ex-lover's four-year-old daughter in 2004.

Look out for Part Two of our Changi Women's Prison special. We speak to a counsellor and a prison volunteer.