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Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Alexander Kalashnikov, Chairman of the Committee of the Federation Council on Economic Policy Andrey Kutepov, member of the Federation Council Sergey Fabrichny, Deputy Directors of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Rustam Stepanenko and Anatoly Yakunin, representatives of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia. The heads of the territorial bodies of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, representatives of state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and the business community took part in the discussion of working issues by videoconference.
The main agenda was to summarize the work on the recommendations previously adopted at parliamentary hearings to the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation regarding the employment of convicts and the provision of state and municipal orders to institutions of the penal system. In particular, the issues of the participation of territorial bodies in state programs for the development of regions were discussed in order to provide support measures to institutions of the penal system, as well as the results of work to increase the number of orders for the production of products for regional and municipal needs placed at the production facilities of correctional institutions, to maximize the involvement of convicts in paid work.
The issues of expanding the network of correctional centers and creating new jobs for those sentenced to forced labor at enterprises were also considered. Representatives of the business community invited to the meeting positively assessed their practice of working with convicts and welcomed the desire of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia to actively involve business in creating new jobs for convicts, their labor adaptation and resocialization.
Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Rustam Stepanenko said that thanks to a systematic approach to work on organizing jobs, the number of convicts employed in paid jobs is increasing every year. Average monthly wages are also growing. Over the past year, it has increased by more than 10%.
– The potential capabilities of the UIS industrial sector can be fully realized only as a result of close interaction with federal executive authorities, state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, municipalities and the business sector by creating additional jobs and developing production in correctional institutions. Successful rehabilitation of convicts after release directly depends on this, – said Rustam Stepanenko, Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia.
The advantage of the penal system over other suppliers is a simple and convenient way of purchasing products from institutions as from a single supplier.
The meeting also noted the importance of further work on the implementation of the positive experience of the Republic of Karelia in the procurement of goods, works, services to meet state and municipal needs as a matter of priority from the institutions of the penal system. The essence of this practice lies in the fact that the republican committee for state property management has issued recommendations to support the institutions of the penal system. They provide that all applications of executive authorities for the purchase of goods, works and services must contain an official refusal of the penitentiary department to manufacture these products. That is, if it is possible to do something for state and municipal needs in a correctional colony, then it is advisable to give these orders to these institutions so that the convicts could work, get a profession and pay off their claims.
Press bureau of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia
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