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Khatuna to get prisoners work

2011-02-17 17:34

13677.jpegGeorgian authorities seem to hear the voice of the civilized community calling for mercy in respect of the Georgian people. The world pleads not to put to prison one and all. Diplomats and world organizations have done their best by lowering the ratings and asking to amend laws but Georgia still goes second in Europe in the number of prisoners.


At last, here is good news: Georgians are ready to liberate some of the prisoners. They will serve their sentence not in prison but at public works.

It was not the civilized world but the lack of money that pushed Georgia towards such step. The government is reducing any sponsorship possible in the context of the Pull In Your Belt program announced by the president. Draftees will undergo medical commission because the state has got no money to pay to the doctors and teachers will go on long-term unpaid vacation. But there is a lucky category of state-paid workers: they are convicts. The less money the country has, the sooner they will get home.

In Georgia with its 537 prisoners per each one hundred thousand people every tenth family may see a big holiday in: some of the prisoners will serve their sentence at public works.

In a country with so many prisoners, there was established a special "prison" administration with a long name - Ministry for Execution of Sentences, Probation and Legal Assistance. The day before yesterday, Head of the Ministry Khatuna Kalmakhelidze submitted a project called Socially Useful Labour. Her noble initiative was supported by General Prosecutor's Office and the Ministry of Justice.

Madam Khatuna is definitely a talented official. She packed the mere lack of finance for the prisoners' maintenance into a very attractive wrapping - for the international community, first of all. The project presentation was attended not only by the media but by representatives of the diplomatic corps, which means that the situation in the Georgian "prison" rating will change tomorrow.

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