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Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Alexander Kalashnikov and Director General of the Service for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions of the Republic of Finland Arto Kuyala held a working meeting via video conferencing.
The result of the event was the signing of the Work Program between the Federal Service for the Execution of Punishments and the Service for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions of the Republic of Finland for 2021-2022. The heads of the services emphasized that the signing of the program took place in such a format for the first time, and also emphasized the importance of continuing international cooperation in today’s conditions of restrictions associated with the new coronavirus infection COVID-19.
The work program provides for further cooperation and exchange of experience on the execution of non-custodial sentences with an emphasis on methods of work for rehabilitation and reintegration, including on the establishment and operation of a probation service.
The working meeting was also attended by Vladislav Panchenko, Head of the Legal Department of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Ilyas Ermolaev, Head of the Public Relations Center of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Oleg Lazarenko, Deputy Head of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Head of the Department for Interaction with the CIS Countries, International Cooperation and Protocol Events.
Interaction of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia and the Service for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions of the Republic of Finland has been carried out since April 2010; in March 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Federal Service for the Execution of Punishments and the Criminal Sanctions Agency of the Republic of Finland.
Within the framework of the Memorandum, a number of work programs have been developed, signed and successfully implemented, providing for interaction between penitentiary departments in the form of official meetings, mutual working visits, scientific and representative events, as well as trainings and training courses for employees. During the period of cooperation, various areas of activity of the penitentiary services have been worked out, on such issues as: the processes of training staff, planning, creation and construction of correctional facilities, the functioning of security and supervision systems in institutions, social, psychological and preventive work with convicts, their preparation for release and rehabilitation. , countering the spread of radicalism and religious extremism in correctional institutions, the use of electronic monitoring systems for convicts, improving probation services and criminal executive inspections.
At the end of the meeting, Alexander Kalashnikov thanked the Finnish colleagues for the meeting, albeit online, highly appreciated the work of the penitentiary departments and expressed hope for further fruitful cooperation.
Press bureau of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia
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