Rehabilitation of convicted juveniles acquire new pace thanks to new initiatives in penitentiary system
TBILISI. 26 November. 2010 – The progress achieved in the reform of the penitentiary system for convicted child offenders in Georgia has been reviewed at the conference organized by the Ministry of Corrections, Probation and Legal Affairs with the support of UNICEF, GCRT and the European Union.
Since the beginning of 2010 the concept of juvenile justice in penitentiary system has been developed. The main idea of the concept is elaboration of individual plans for convicted juveniles considering their individual needs and requirements. Based on these needs the specific programme for their re-socialization is developed.
A needs assessment of juveniles is carried out by social workers and psychologists. Within the framework of the project the number of social workers and psychologists has increased and their training has been conducted.
New regulations for detention facilities have also been adopted which stipulate the responsibilities of all the people working for convicted juveniles. The learning opportunities for children have further been enhanced as teachers of penitentiary facilities have gone through special trainings carried out by the Ministry of Education and Science.
At the moment piloting of this initiative and monitoring of the whole process is underway.
The initiative is part of the project called “Reform Options for the Penitentiary and Probation Systems for Convicted Child Offenders in Georgia” aimed at reforming the juvenile justice system. The project has been implemented by the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance, Ministry of Justice and UNICEF with the financial support of the European Union since March 2009.
The aim of the project and the reform in general, is to establish a juvenile justice system that is focused on rehabilitation and reintegration of children in conflict with the law into society.