Denmark’s Georgia Programme 2010-2013 “Promotion of Judicial Reform, Human and Minority Rights”
Sub-component 1.2: Support for correctional reform in Georgia
The objective of the sub-component is to assist the Georgian authorities to carry out reforms in the penitentiary and probation system in line with CoE standards. The activities will focus on strengthening the capacities and role of the correctional service with special attention given to its increased role in supporting offenders’ rehabilitation and reducing the risk of reoffending and protecting the society as a whole.
The sub-component has four outcomes.
Outcome 1: Implementation of the new code on imprisonment in line with European standards
The first outcome aims to enhance the implementation of the new Imprisonment Code in line with European standards in order to facilitate penitentiary reform. The new Imprisonment Code addresses prison overcrowding and support prisoners’ reintegration after release. The component will contribute to a further strengthening and capacity development of relevant authorities in order to ensure that the implementation of the new Code is in line with European standards. In this connection, the component will assist the Ministry of Correction and Legal Assistance to draft Instructions on Implementation of the Imprisonment Code in line with international human rights standards. Special focus will be put on highlighting areas of the Code that require action at the national level (adoption of by-laws), identifying the tasks ahead and proposing measures, priorities and working methods in the implementation of the said law.
Outcome 2: Parole system improved in line with European standards
The second outcome aims at strengthening the role of the Parole Board in accordance with the Recommendation Rec(2003)22 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on conditional release (parole) and the new Imprisonment Code. Introduction of the release on parole (conditional release) and strengthening capacity of the Parole Board as well as providing capacity development for the Probation service on control over execution of the parole will contribute to the effective implementation of these measures and to reduce the overcrowding in Georgian prisons.
Outcome 3: Training Centre for Penitentiary and Probation staff more effective and self-sustainable
The third outcome aims at further strengthening the Training Centre for Penitentiary and Probation Staff of the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance and at enhancing initial and in-service professional training programmes. The component will facilitate the necessary improvements to the curricula for initial and in-service training in line with CoE standards. Special reference will be made to the Committee of Ministers Recommendation (97)12 on “Staff concerned with implementation of sanctions and measures” and improve the management of the Training Centre enabling them to implement a coherent training strategy in accordance with the real situation of the country and with the needs in the light of the overall justice reform.
Outcome 4: Penitentiary health care system improved in line with European standards
The fourth outcome aims at supporting the newly created Medical Department of the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance. The component further aims to improve the penitentiary health care system and to facilitate the transfer of jurisdiction from the Ministry of Correction and Legal Assistance to the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs. This will be addressed through the development of a gender specific Healthcare Strategy and Action Plan that would outline comprehensive guidelines in relation to healthcare system. The part of the component also aims to improve provision of primary medical care in prisons , in particular as regards offering first treatment on the spot and facilitating detection of transmissible diseases (TB, hepatitis), by purchasing some basic medical equipment to that effect. The project will facilitate the necessary improvements regarding the provision of health care in prison, in line with the CoE Recommendations, mainly the EPR and the Recommendations of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE Rec. (98)7 and (93)6 on “The ethical and organisational aspects of health care in prison” and “Prison and criminological aspects of the control of transmissible diseases including HIV/Aids and related health problems in prison”, respectively.
Team implementing the Sub-component:
Sophio Gelashvili – Project Officer
Givi Mikanadze – Project Officer
Nino Lapachi – Administrative Assistant