Juvenile affairs commissions to be notified of teen prisoners’ release – draft law
MOSCOW, March 5 (RAPSI) – Russia’s government has submitted a bill ordering prison administration to notify commissions for juvenile affairs of the forthcoming release of teenage inmates to the State Duma, according to the database of the parliament’s lower house.
Commissions for juvenile affairs and minors’ rights provide employment assistance and welfare aid to teenagers released from correctional system facilities, an explanatory note to the bill reads. However, the Penal Code of Russia currently does not oblige prison administration to inform the commissions about teen prisoners’ release.
Under the bill, prison authorities would be obliged to notify a commission for juvenile affairs at a convict’s place of residence of a teen inmate’s release 6 months before the expiry of his or her sentence. If a minor has received a term of not less than 6 months, a commission is to be informed of the prisoner’s release after the sentence took effect.