The government has adopted a project on the establishment of the Internal Inspectorate of the Prison Service

The establishment of the Internal Inspectorate of the Prison Service as a unit to combat crime among detainees or remanded in custody is one of the main principles of the major project adopted by the government on Tuesday.

“The duties of the Prison Internal Inspectorate shall include the identification, prevention and investigation of crimes committed by inmates, officers and employees of the Prison Service and other persons residing in prisons or pre-trial detention centers and other persons residing outside the premises of prisons, the crime of which is closely related to the crimes of prisoners “- explained the main purpose of creating a new unit to justify this project, prepared by the Ministry of Justice.

Last fall, an extensive – with more than 200 pages of motivation – draft amendment to the Prisons Act and a number of other laws was announced. It should be one of the pillars of a comprehensive prison reform and the issue of serving sentences, referred to as a “modern prison” in its entirety by the Ministry of Justice.

As part of this reform – as acknowledged – “it is necessary to create effective solutions aimed at combating negative phenomena in the PS and ensuring effective, civilian oversight of this service.” As a model and analogy, the motivation indicated, for example, the Internal Affairs service of the police.

The head of the inspectorate is appointed by the Minister of Justice. “The Chief of the Internal Inspectorate of the Prison Service will be responsible for the performance by the Inspectorate of completely separate statutory duties from the rest of the formation, as well as for conducting, inter alia, operational and reconnaissance activities conducted in connection with these duties. ” – indicated in the justification by the Ministry of Justice.

The new authority will, among other things, be empowered to conduct operational and reconnaissance activities in areas such as operational control, covert surveillance of production, transportation, storage and trafficking of criminal items, obtaining and using information that constitute legally protected secrets. .

“Formal rigor and control mechanisms will be at the same level as in the case of services that have all such powers, including judicial control” – assured in a communiqué after the government meeting.

In addition, the new rules, in addition to a number of other changes, provide for an increase in the autonomy of the University of Justice, for example. As announced, the autonomy of the university will be increased by excluding it from the powers of the Director-General of the Prison Service and the rector will become the new decision-making body.

“Solutions will be introduced to facilitate the recruitment of high school students with irregular military service for the service candidate. The Director-General of the Prison Service will have more powers when it comes to setting the limits for examinations for non-commissioned officers and officers ” – it has been announced.

At the same time, the amendment should introduce the possibility of “prison service participation in shaping youth civic, pro-defense and patriotic attitudes in the form of shooting training”.

As indicated in the justification for the project, the Director-General of the Prison Service will, inter alia, review the “mode of conduct of shooting training of young people in organizational units, while the implementation of shooting training in the field of educational needs of young people will its safe course”.

As announced after the government meeting, the amendments are planned to enter into force after 14 days from the date of publication in the Journal of Laws, with the exception of the provisions concerning the establishment of the Internal Inspectorate of the Prison Service, which lasts three months. after the date of entry into force of the law.

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