Government submits to State Duma bill permitting convicts serve sentences near home
MOSCOW, July 25 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Cabinet of Ministers has asked the State Duma to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure to the effect that it included an option allowing to transfer convicts to penitentiary facilities located near places of residence of their relatives, a government’s statement reads.
The bill envisages that federal penal administrations are to be empowered to permit convicts to be transferred to penitentiary facilities in the regions, where relatives thereof have their places of residence on condition that convicts or their relatives with the convict’s consent petition for such a transfer and if the respective facility is equipped to accomodate such a convict. In case the facility has no vacancies, the convict may be transferred to a penitentiary facility in a neighboring region.
According to the statement, the bill is aimed at the improvement of the penal policies and preservation of socially useful connections of convicts.
The government reminds that in the framework of the most recent Concept of Development of Russia’s Penal System for the period up to 2020 it is envisaged to introduce certain rules granting access to penitentiary facilities for relatives of convicts, as well as those taking into account the health status and other circumstances of convicts when decisions on their transfer to penitentiary facilities near home are to be taken.
As it has been reported earlier, the amendments were developed by Russia’s Justice Ministry in collaboration with Tatyana Moskalkova, the Federal Human Rights Commissioner, with the aim to humanize the criminal procedure legislation and preserve socially useful connections of convicts.