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Minister of Justice Is Getting Acquainted with the Model of Amsterdam Family Type Prison for Children
Within the framework of its official visit to the Netherlands, the delegation of the Ministry of Justice visited today the Juvenile Family Prison in Amsterdam.

The Dutch model is of particular interest to Georgia today, when problems in prisons taking place before 2012 have been eliminated; The Juvenile Justice Code has been adopted and is in force; Progress has been made in improving security, physical conditions and treatment of convicts, and the construction of new European-type infrastructure and systems is on the agenda.

“Our goal is to close the #11 juvenile detention facility in Georgia, because children with belonging to different risk groups and with different future plans are serving sentences together, which is unacceptable for many reasons. For example: I think it is unacceptable to keep together the children who are preparing to study at university and those who want to continue their criminal activity. To replace this infrastructure, we are thinking of setting up several family-run penitentiary facilities in western and eastern Georgia, where up to ten children belonging to the same risk group and having similar aspirations will be placed and sentenced to serve in similar environments,” said the Minister.

While working on this idea in Georgia, it has emerged that only the Netherlands has been piloting this kind of reform for the third time in one of the boroughs of Amsterdam. This year the success of this institution was assessed positively and it was decided that such institution would not be the only one and other identical institutions would be opened in the country. The Amsterdam family-type facility is intended to receive inmate children (up to 8 children) who are going to school or working. They go to school or work in the morning and return to the facility independently when the job is done. Anyone who breaks the rules is sent to a closed penitentiary institution and loses the chance to live and develop more freely in a family custody.

The Minister of Justice and members of the delegation, together with the social workers of the institution, discussed the rules of the procedure, children's day schedule, staff training and other issues and visited the facility, which is arranged in a two-story small house.

Prior to the visit to the family-run facility, the delegation of the Ministry of Justice got acquainted with the work of the Amsterdam Probation Service. The Minister of Justice and members of the delegation were informed by the Amsterdam Probation Service representatives about the policies and approaches based on the probation system in the Netherlands. Particular attention was paid to the ways in which probation and rehabilitation/re-socialization works with children are carried out, how successful the Netherlands is and how these results can be achieved.

The visit is being supported and funded by the EU Support Project in the Netherlands.


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