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Ministry of Justice Celebrates Day of the National Agency for Crime Prevention, Enforcement of Non-custodial Sentences and Probation for the First Time

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Minister of Justice of Georgia, Rati Bregadze congratulated the employees of the agency on their professional day. The Minister summarized the implemented projects and thanked the employees for their services.

Head of the National Agency for Crime Prevention, Enforcement of Non-custodial Sentences and Probation, Lado Kheladze introduced the results of the agency's activities and development vision to the employees. He focused on technological innovations, strengthening the direction of crime prevention, promotion of human resources development, infrastructural renewals and provision of necessary services to the beneficiaries.

Over the past year, a number of promises in the direction of crime prevention and probation have been fulfilled:

The first innovative device in Europe Probbox - an electronic service system for probationers, which provides geographic availability and anonymity of probation services. Currently, Probbox is distributed in the Public Service Halls and municipal buildings in 7 cities of Georgia, and in the future its number will increase to 250;

The renovated office of the Imereti Regional Probation Bureau opened in Kutaisi, and municipal offices - in Zestafon and Terjola. Meanwhile, Gardabani, Sighnaghi, Kaspi and Chkhorotsku probation offices have been located in the Public Service Halls and Community Centers of the same cities; The first regional office of the Juvenile Referral Center also opened in Kutaisi;

With respect to HR development - the number of probation officers increased by 12%, the number of social workers by 26%, and the number of psychologists by 67%. Code of ethics for probation officers has been developed as well;

4 new rehabilitation programs were introduced in the direction of re-socialization-rehabilitation of convicts and ex-prisoners. 577 minors and adults under the age of 21 have been included in diversion programs. The rate of successful mediation was statistically the highest - 67%;

In order to promote the employment of the beneficiaries of the agency, memoranda have been concluded with the State Employment Agency, the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture. After the involvement of persons sentenced to penal labor in the implementation of infrastructural projects and after serving the sentence, for the promotion of their employment, memoranda have been signed with the mayors of different municipalities;

Mobile and 24-hour electronic monitoring teams have been created for effective enforcement of house arrest.

At the end of the event, Deputy Minister of Justice, Buba Lomuashvili and Head of the Bureau, Lado Kheladze awarded the successful professionals with certificates of appreciation.

The event dedicated to the day of the National Agency for Crime Prevention, Enforcement of Non-custodial Sentences and Probation was attended by agency employees, deputy ministers of justice, heads of structural units of the ministry, and representatives of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the United States of America.