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Monday, May 29, 2023

New rule to facilitate community reintegration of released inmates

Updated: 15:42’ - 20/05/2020
To be-released inmates will be provided with psychological counseling by detention facilities two months before they completely serve their prison sentences, according to Decree 49 recently enacted by the Government.

The new Decree, detailing provisions of the Law on Execution of Criminal Judgments regarding community reintegration, defines psychological counseling as a measure to help inmates acquire essential knowledge and career orientations, and improve their capacity to solve their personal problems during the process of community reintegration.

Handing over early release decisions to eligible prisoners at Detention Camp No. 1 of Hanoi Department of Public Security__Photo:

More specifically, to be-released inmates will receive counseling on affection, marriage, family and health; prevention and control of drug addiction, HIV/AIDS and social vices; how to eliminate inferiority complexes and build up the will, belief and capacity to cope with and solve problems arising in the process of community reintegration; employment, use of job skills acquired through vocational training, social insurance benefits, and other related matters.

In addition, to help released inmates in their community reintegration, detention facilities have to provide them with information on policies and regulations of the Party and the State, particularly those providing citizen rights and obligations.

These facilities are also responsible for examining and evaluating capability, needs, conditions and circumstances of inmates in order to guide them in working out their own community reintegration plans; and cooperating with job placement centers in providing labor market information, counseling and career orientations to inmates.

Those aged under 18 years will be given priority to learn jobs or improve their job skills to facilitate their community reintegration.

The Decree requires the involvement of agencies, organizations, individuals and families in taking measures to facilitate community reintegration, thereby helping released inmates stabilize their livelihood and avoid relapsing into violation.

All acts of disparagement and discrimination against or infringement of lawful rights and interests of released inmates are prohibited.- (VLLF)

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