EU project contributes to establishing new probation system in Ukraine
On 26 February, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” co-organized the round table “Probation in Ukraine: next steps” in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine.
The main objective of the event – constituent institutional discussion on the interaction when performing the tasks of probation stipulated by the Law of Ukraine “On Probation”, which was approved by the Verkhovna Rada and signed by the President of Ukraine this month. Representatives of the Parliamentary Commissioner on Human Rights, the Prosecutor’s General Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the High Specialized Court in Criminal and Civil Cases, the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Social Policy, the Ministry of Finance and the EU experts took part in the discussion.
The participants of the event discussed organisation of institutional interaction when performing the tasks of probation; introducing amendments to the legislation due to the adoption of the Law of Ukraine “On Probation”; introducing the pretrial report to criminal proceedings; application of probation programs; promotion of probation to the general public.
“Ukraine moves closer to the European model of probation. The ultimate goal is to make Ukraine safer place for its citizens,” – said David Perry, the expert in the field of probation, EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.
He identified the main tasks in the process of the implementation of the new law on probation: establishing reparations practices by sentencing offenders to community works; launching rehabilitation programs to help changing behavior of the offenders; supervision of those who represent high risk for society after release on a parole; retraining of the State Penitentiary Service staff.
“I think Ukraine has a good plan which covers all the topics to build strong institutions that will build new probation system,” – noted David Perry.
“The new Law of Ukraine “On Probation” – is one of the most efficient documents that will enable to enhance functions of probation and bring it closer to the European standards,” – stressed Oleh Yanchuk, Head of the Criminal Enforcement Unit of the State Penitentiary System of Ukraine. According to him, the new system should become operable in September 2015 when the new law comes into force.
The result of the round table was a decision to establish the intersectoral task force on implementation of the Law of Ukraine “On probation”. The experts of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” will be involved in the task force activities as well.