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MIA: Prison population in Kazakhstan decreased by a third

by May 19, 2017 General

Kazakhstan has eliminated 8 penal colonies, the prison population decreased by a third. This data was presented by Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Berik Bissenkulov in Karaganda at an offsite meeting of the Committee on Constitutional Legislation, Judicial System and Law Enforcement Bodies of the Senate of Parliament.

The meeting discussed tendencies, problems, and prospects for improving the execution of the Correctional Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, issues of resocialization of convicts, amnesty, and problems of the penitentiary system in general.

Berik Bissenkulov said that in accordance with the new Code, the terms of conditional early release for vulnerable groups have been reduced, they are provided with milder, “sparing” conditions for parole.

Measures are being taken to reduce the prison population; the number of people held in correctional system facilities for the last 5 years has decreased by 30%. However, this did not affect the background and criminogenic situation in the country.

The reduction of convicts by almost a third allowed improving their material and personal security, increasing the standards of living space, nutrition and its diet.

Dilapidated, inadequate facilities are being destroyed, new ones are being built and existing facilities are being repaired. Over the past 2 years, eight facilities have been eliminated. The system itself is gradually moving to the planned maintenance of convicts.

There are 104 educational facilities in the colonies, only over the last academic year � more than 1200 convicts received certificates of secondary education. About 3500 people are training for various specialties (carpenter, plasterer, plumber, welder, milling machine, seamstress, baker, cook and others).

A new social rehabilitation system is being developed for persons released from correctional facilities and those registered in probation services. In this connection, the MIA together with local authorities started implementing the social project “Meeting at the Gates” for their work and housing arrangements, – Berik Bissenkulov said.

Following the meeting of the Committee, senators together with the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs visited the correctional facility AK-159/5 CSD in Karaganda region.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan