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Consultation meeting on the progress in piloting the Risks and Needs Assessment tool in selected prisons and probation offices

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova 05 October 2021
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Consultation meeting on the progress in piloting the Risks and Needs Assessment tool in selected prisons and probation offices

The first consultation meeting on the progress in piloting the Risks and Needs Assessment (RNA) tool for prisoners and offenders ARIC (Assessment of Reintegration, Intervention and Conclusion) in 4 selected prisons and 4 probation offices was conducted online on 04-05 October 2021.

The activity represents the follow-up of the induction training of prison and probation staff on the use of the tool and its piloting in selected prisons and probation offices, implemented during July - September 2021.

This meeting allowed prison and probation staff to provide comprehensive feedback on the completed questionnaires of the RNA tool. The purpose of the RNA tool is to ensure a smooth transition of prisoners released from prison to probation supervision. The respondents assessed the tool as a helpful instrument in evaluating the risks related to probation subjects and inmates. One of the most significant results is the fact that the prison and the probation offices have already started using the RNA tool in their daily work. It is also worth mentioning that both prison and probation staff consider that the tool completes their skills and techniques previously conveyed by the Council of Europe (e.g. motivational interviewing), which is a good indicator of synergy built between different activities.

The activity was organised under the auspices of the Project “Strengthening the prison and probation reforms, provision of health care and the treatment of patients in closed institutions in the Republic of Moldova”, financed through the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova (2021-2024).