Russia’s human rights body to examine idea on amnesty for minor and female convicts
MOSCOW, September 12 (RAPSI) - A proposal of children’s ombudsman Anna Kuznetsova to pardon certain inmates including minors and woman having family obligations will be considered by the Presidential Council for Human Rights, according to the advisory body’s chairman Mikhail Fedotov.
Fedotov said that Kuznetsova’s proposal appeared after a similar suggestion by business ombudsman Boris Titov. The human rights council is ready to consider, summarize and study all such initiatives, he added.
On Wednesday, Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin ordered authorized committees to consider the proposal and submit their suggestions to the initiative.
Kuznetsova earlier proposed amnesty for minors and woman having family obligations. The initiative touches people convicted of not grave crimes. Thus, Kuznetsova proposes pardon or reducing sentence in certain conditions of prisoners, who committed crimes under the age of 18, jailed pregnant women, single mothers or mothers of many children under the age of 14.
However, the amnesty would not apply to inmates convicted of serious crimes, deprived of parental rights, committed crimes against children and repeatedly sentenced persons, the statement reads.
Kuznetsova believes amnesty can positively influence their correction and further behavior.
As of August 1, 540,657 people were held in penitentiary facilities, including 43,440 women with 455 children living in 13 orphanages located in colonies. In 2018, there were 1,310 minor convicts in young offender institutions and 915 – in detention centers, the ombudsman’s office reported.
According to the penitentiary officials, the proposed amnesty may be applied to 3,000 inmates. The initiative has been considered and conceptually backed by the Federal Penitentiary Service.
Moreover, the ombudsman’s office along with the amnesty proposal presented an initiative to legally set a mentoring institution to supervise minors and improve their behavior.