Convicted single mothers must be separated from repeat offenders in prisons - lawyer
MOSCOW, March 25 (RAPSI) – Russia's Federal Chamber of Lawyers (FCL) has proposed formalizing different confinement conditions for convicted women who are to be divided into four groups – minors, single mothers, first offenders and repeat offenders, the chamber's press service announced on Tuesday.
“FCL President Vladimir Semenyako has proposed that the Federation Council consider approving measures to moderate the penal policy for women,” the statement reads. “The idea is not only to moderate the penal policy, which should focus on measures other than confinement, but also to formalize different confinement conditions for different groups of prisoners.”
Semenyako believes that Russia should adopt a scientifically substantiated classification of offenders, because currently “first offenders serve their sentences together with repeat offenders and, as a result, do not resume normal life after their release, but commit new crimes.”
The FCL president also proposed that detainees be released on bail supplied not only by private individuals but also by public organizations.