K. Kassymov: New probation law aims at further humanization of criminal policy
A new law on probation, drafted within Nations Plan implementation, introduces pre-trial and penitentiary probation for offenders, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan Kalmukhanbet Kassymov informed at the Governments meeting.
K. Kassymov reported on development of draft laws On Probation and On introducing amendments and additions to some legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on probation.
According to the Minister, an individual program of providing the social and legal assistance to persons registered in Probation Service will be based on a comprehensive review of personality and real life situation, and also contain a set of measures to be taken by local executive bodies, organizations and citizens.
Such parameters as arrangements for professional development, job skills acquisition, restoration of documents, planning of employment and living at the stage of release have been taken as the basis of penitentiary probation activities, K. Kassymov said.
According to the Minister, a year outcomes for two probation models have shown significant efficiency in regard of preventing new crimes.
Along with trial and post-penitentiary stages being applicable since 2012, pre-trial and penitentiary probations have being introduced in order for criminal legislation of the country to approach the world practice in terms of expanding the scope of criminal law application with regard to offenders, K. Kassymov informed.
The Probation Service will draw up a report on the results of pre-trial works performed, which will provide the Court with data on personal features of the suspect, accomplishment of relevant activities or desire to accomplish them. If the suspect is sentenced to imprisonment, the next probation stage – penitentiary model – begins.
As explained by the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the draft law, developed within the implementation of the 33rd step of 100 Concrete Steps Nations Plan on implementation of 5 institutional reforms, aims at expanding the resocializing potential of criminal justice and further humanization of criminal policy.
The adoption of draft laws will create conditions for the full participation of organizations and citizens in the social adaptation of the offender, provision of social and legal assistance aimed at preventing the re-offending, the Minister concluded.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan