Closed conference of the working group with IRZ expert Dr. Arne Wieben (head of table on the right), Director of the Bremervörde penal institution
Closed conference of the working group with IRZ expert Dr. Arne Wieben (head of table on the right), Director of the Bremervörde penal institution
Moldova

From 13 to 15 May 2019, the IRZ’s advisory process on the draft legislation for the new Moldovan law on the prison system was continued in a closed conference in Chișinău.

The working group, made up of members of the prison service and led by the head of the legal department at the Moldovan prison service, Alexandru Crudu, was able to finalize the draft legislation. Dr. Arne Wieben, Director of the Bremervörde penal institution, gave his expert opinion on the draft legislation. The IRZ expert’s recommendations and suggestions for the wording were included in the draft.

The individual articles of sections 1 to 12 (Art. 195 - 257/49 and 303 - 310) were revised during the closed conference. The areas “prisoner employment” and “preparation for release/relaxing imprisonment conditions” were also discussed and included in the draft legislation. Thus, it was possible to delete the section on “incentive measures” from the draft legislation which dates back to Soviet times.

Following on from the presentation of a strategy paper from the Moldovan Ministry of Justice on the reform of the prison system between 2016 and 2020 the IRZ is advising the Ministry of Justice in Moldova on improvements of the prison system. The IRZ will continue to offer advice to the Moldovan MPs during their committee work, if required, as soon as the draft legislation is introduced into Parliament.