Back Individual Sentence Planning Guidelines developed for the prison system of the Republic of Moldova

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova 15-16 February 2023
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The National Administration of Penitentiaries (NAP) of the Republic of Moldova was provided with Guidelines and tools for devising individual sentence plans (ISP), aiming to ensure a better rehabilitation and reintegration into society of prisoners by means of tailored interventions and support.
The last meeting of the Working Group (WG), held on 15-16 February 2023 in Chisinau, provided a platform for 35 specialists from 7 prisons and the NAP to discuss the structure, content and practical implementation of the ISP Guidelines and forms, as well as to reflect on the benefits of Incentivised Regimes and motivating prisoners to participate actively in their sentence planning. The members of the WG shared their individual experiences with regard to sentence planning and management; the issues and shortcomings encountered, as well as the possible challenges for further piloting the new approaches to ISP, and the transition from current practice to the ISP process under the progressive system, as per the ‘Concept on the introduction of a progressive system for the enforcement of custodial sentences’, approved by the Ministry of Justice on 13 January 2023. 
The ISP Guidelines and the pertinent templates were developed by a Council of Europe international consultant, in consultation with prison and NAP specialists, as continuation of the Risk and Needs Assessment (RNA) process, piloted in selected prisons in 2021-2022. 
The meeting ended with the firm agreement on the final format and content of both the Guidelines and the ISP forms and the expression of commitment to pilot the ISP in the following six months in 7 prisons.
 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) and implemented by the Council of Europe.