Point of View

  • Capacity needs of the Probation Service in Armenia (Part II: Possible solutions)

    15.02.2017
    In the beginning of the new 2017 year, the first full year of the work of Probation service, there are various challenges faced by the Service, including in relation to shortage of staff and the need to recruit highly qualified staff as well as lack of capacity building on such issues as risk and needs assessment, case-management, interview skills, skills in dealing with vulnerable groups, especially with juvenile probationers

  • Capacity needs of the Probation Service in Armenia (Part I: Outlining the Problems)

    14.02.2017
    In the beginning of the new 2017 year, the first full year of the work of Probation service, there are various challenges faced by the Service, including in relation to shortage of staff and the need to recruit highly qualified staff as well as lack of capacity building on such issues as risk and needs assessment, case-management, interview skills, skills in dealing with vulnerable groups, especially with juvenile probationers, etc. The present paper presents a brief compilation of issues raised by the participants of the events organized by CSI and dedicated to the establishment of the Probation Service in Armenia, as well as recommendations proposed by them.

  • Rehabilitation programmes for probationers

    14.02.2017
    Recently as a result of round tables and workshops, the Civil Society Institute gathered various views of the representatives of relevant public institutions, civil society organizations as well as international organizations on the current capacity of the Service to carry out its functions and the need to ensure cooperation, especially in the area of rehabilitation programmes to probationers.

  • CSI’s recommendations in order to improve the competitiveness of offenders in the labor market

    21.01.2017
    The scope of work needed for the actual transition from punitive to restorative justice system is tremendous and requires a great input on the part of all possible stakeholders, state bodies, civil society sector and international organizations. With this perspective in mind, the following recommendations on the employment and education of offenders are therefore made by Civil Society Institute NGO.

  • Factors that limit employment and earnings among offenders

    17.01.2017
    Persons with criminal past continue to suffer labor market discrimination at the hiring stage. Part of this problems is connected with personal characteristics of offenders, their behavior, experience and motivation, and the other part stemming from the stereotypes related exclusively to their offender status.

  • Rehabilitation of offenders through employment and educational opportunities: situation in Armenia

    12.01.2017
    Because of the lack of necessary needs assessment system and respective rehabilitation programs, the overwhelming majority of inmates do not have any occupation for years, around 96% of those inmates who are eligible for parole are currently denied early conditional release and it is hard to evaluate any progress made in terms of enforcement of sentence and rehabilitation of prisoners.

  • The institute of mediation included in the new Law on Probation

    10.10.2016
    The first draft law didn’t envisage the institute of mediation and only briefly touched upon the importance of reconciliation between victim and offender. In the final version of the draft Ministry of Justice, the author of the draft, nevertheless, took the risk of introduction of the mediation schemes to be delivered by probation officers. This was done despite the absence of corresponding infrastructure, capacity of staff etc.

  • Juveniles from the perspective of the new Law on Probation.

    13.09.2016
    At least on paper, the legislators formulated important legal safeguards for juveniles. The law stipulates, that the Probation service is aimed at securing normal development of physical and mental abilities of minors, their education and protection of minors from negative influence of any third person. Ensuring the best interests of the child through effective and full realization of minor’s rights is listed as a basic principle...

  • Restorative justice: “what can we do to make things right?”

    16.08.2016
    The absence of effective re-socialization programs leads to the inevitable consequences: the more people go through the Armenian prisons, the bigger the number of people with increased hostility towards law enforcement bodies for whom aggressive and violent behavior is the usual way of life.

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