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Law 169 enforced, Justice Minister hopes criminality rate will not go up

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said on Monday he hopes criminality rate will not go up after Law 169 has come into force, which triggered the release of thousands from penitentiaries since last week.

“I hope there will not be an upward trend of criminality. Detention has the role of special prevention against the people sentenced,” Toader said, according to hotnews.ro.

He has discussed with the probation institutions’ chiefs on the difficulties faced and on the measures to be adopted to improve the activity, Tudorel Toader said at the 19th edition of judicial qulloquia of the National Bank of Romania (BNR).

“The law was initiated in 2016 and in November 2016 the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) has had its say and gave its OK. In parliament it was voted that 6 days will be considered as served for 30 days of sentence served in inappropriate detention conditions. In the first day the law was enforced, 529 prisoners were released and other 3,349 have the vocation to be released on parole. This does not mean they will be released. The commissions will analyse, the judge will decide who will be released on parole,” Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said.

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced last Wednesday, on his Facebook page, that the draft bill on justice laws has been completed and that priority is given to the conditions provided by the penitentiaries.

The legislative decision on penitentiaries was enforced on Thursday – 12 days reduced sentence to every 60 days in inappropriate conditions.

529 prisoners were released last Thursday. “It is a level much higher than I expected, I didn’t believe the impact would be so huge. It is according to the law,” Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said last Friday.

 

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