The government has adopted a draft on the principles of imprisonment …

A number of changes related to the prison system and aimed at improving prison security conditions and protection against the most serious crimes, as well as extending the use of the electronic surveillance system – provides for the draft amendment to the Executive Penal Code, adopted by the government on Tuesday.

The project was announced last fall as one of the pillars of a comprehensive prison reform and the issue of serving sentences, fully dubbed as “modern prison” by the Justice Department.

The proposed reform of the Criminal Code provides, inter alia, for the abolition of the summons of the convicted person to appear in the pre-trial detention center within the prescribed period and the introduction of the principle that the court issues a warrant for the arrest and detention of any person sentenced to a term of imprisonment without the convicted person being summoned in advance to serve on the specified date.

“Currently, the vast majority of convicts do not report to serve the sentence. Today there is no risk of avoiding it, and the police can only detain the convict and lead him to jail after a failed court summons. convicted person will be immediately taken to prison by the police, without prior summons by a court” – indicated in the communiqué after the government meeting.

If the perpetrator goes into hiding, an arrest warrant is issued for him, which is usually distributed via the Internet, and the details about the convicted person are entered into the wanted’s Internet database, which is held by the police . “In addition, when assessing early release requests, the court will take into account whether someone has evaded serving the sentence” – it was informed.

The amendments also extend and improve the use of electronic surveillance for minor crime offenders. “Penitentiary committees working in prisons will be empowered to serve a prison sentence in the Electronic Surveillance System for convicts who have started serving a sentence of no more than four months. This will speed up the processing of applications and courts currently dealing with this” – justified the Ministry of Justice.

In addition, the granting of consent to serve a sentence under electronic supervision will also be possible for a convict who has been sentenced to a prison sentence of less than three years and who has the remaining part of this sentence not longer than six months, in a prison are served.

Another group of issues addressed in the project concerns the work of prisoners. As part of the employment expansion, convicts will be able to offset unpaid fines. According to the Ministry of Justice, the new scheme also aims to quickly involve prisoners in dealing with the effects of natural disasters, thereby supporting emergency services.

“In addition, excessive privileges of prisoners will be abolished” – was assured. At the moment – as explained – inmates are being referred to doctors, including specialists, outside the order and system of health services. “The new regulation introduces the principle of providing health services to persons deprived of their liberty, in accordance with the rules applicable to all patients” – it was announced.

The concept also stipulates that convicts will be charged the costs of laboratory testing if the test is positive for the presence of a psychoactive substance. “The cost of such research should not be borne by the state budget, which is made up of taxpayers” – emphasizes.

The proposed changes also relate to the procedures for submitting and handling motions, complaints and requests from convicted persons. The competent authority would have the power to leave without consideration the complaints, motions and requests of convicts, which are clearly unfounded. There would also be a one week time limit for filing a complaint from the date on which the convicted person became aware of the event giving rise to the complaint.

The planned change is also to introduce the possibility of serving the sentence of minors together with adults. “The court will be able to send remarkably demoralized adolescents – convicted of the most serious crimes – to serve their sentences in a prison for adults serving their sentences for the first time” – the government announced. As justified, “it is about ensuring the ability to segregate such convicted adolescents from other convicted adolescents, thus limiting the negative impact and impact on their attitudes.”

Another pillar of the “modern prison” reform prepared by the Ministry of Justice – also adopted by the government on Tuesday – is the proposed amendment to the Prisons Act. (DAD)

Author: Marcin Jabłoński

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