Justmin mulls renouncing halfway house demand for convicts

Lithuanian Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevičius is doubting the effectiveness of halfway houses and calls for considering other measures for inmates with good behavior to finish their sentences.

The minister told the Žinių Radijas news radio that this institute allowing convicts to work out in the freedom and return to the closed territory only to spend nights applies to well-characterized convicts with less than six months to the end of their prison sentences.

"We should discuss as to whether these institutes are necessary and whether people could spend nights at home but wear an ankle and register with a probation officer (…). And they could go to halfway houses or elsewhere for some training and consultations," the minister said.

Jankevičius says he has no doubt that the majority of convicts have a permanent place of residence and could finish their sentences there.

"I think 80-90 percent of them really have it. The question is whether we need to protect them. As they come, register and stay for a night practically like at a student dorm. There are probably more effective ways," the justice minister said.

Halfway houses operate in Vilnius, Alytus, Pravieniškės and Marijampolė.

Source: BNS
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