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Ukraine liquidates State Penitentiary Service amid reform

Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers has approved the liquidation of the State Penitentiary Service at the Wednesday meeting in order to implement reforms of the service
Ukraine liquidates State Penitentiary Service amid reform

On May 18, the concept of the reform was presented by First Deputy Minister of Justice Natalia Sevostianova at a government meeting, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to UNIAN.

In particular, two Cabinet resolutions were passed in line with the reform: a resolution on optimization of central executive agencies of the justice system and a resolution on the liquidation of territorial authorities of the State Penitentiary Service and the formation of territorial agencies of the Ministry of Justice.

Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said that in Ukraine there are 148 prisons designed for 230,000 people, while the number of prisoners in Ukraine is 70,000, thus some penitentiaries are half empty.

The minister also stressed that the penitentiary system, which is now a paramilitary, law-enforcement structure, should become a civil agency whose major goal is to “rehabilitate prisoners, help them socialize and get back to a normal life.”