Russian inmates to be allowed to work outside penal colonies
MOSCOW, July 19 (RAPSI) – A bill on labour of non-serious crimes convicts outside penal colonies has become law. A version of the document signed by President Vladimir Putin has been published on the official website of legal information.
The law envisages creation of special units of the penal colonies and correctional facilities on the territory of certain organizations, which will be obliged to provide living, medical and sanitary conditions for convicted laborers.
The order of establishment and functioning of such working districts will be determined by the Justice Ministry; an agreement between penal colonies and organizations using a convict as labour will be approved by the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN).
According to Chairman of the State Duma Committee on state building and legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov, the initiative has been drafted to boost employment of convicts and recovery of damages caused by their crimes.
Amendments have been proposed to the Penal Code of the Russian Federation. They will come into force on January 1, 2020.