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Humanization of penal legislation

Комитет по законодательству, правоохранительным органам, обороне, безопасности, миротворческой деятельности, защите прав и свобод граждан

02.10.2018

Deputies of the committee on legislation considered the law-in-draft “On Amendments to the Criminal Code”, submitted by parliamentarian Galina Antyufeyeva. The amendment is aimed at humanizing criminal-executive legislation and ensuring the principle of justice.

To date, the time a person is detained before a trial is counted in terms of imprisonment, detention in a disciplinary military unit at the rate of one day per day. The law-in-draft proposes that a person’s time in custody be counted for a term of deprivation of liberty at the rate of one day per day of serving the sentence in a prison or a correctional colony of strict or special treatment; one and a half day of serving the sentence in an educational colony or a general regime penal colony; two days of serving the sentence in a colony-settlement.

Similar changes were adopted in the Russian Federation and are valid from July of this year. The legislative initiative of parliamentarian Galina Antyufeyeva was developed taking into account international norms. Thus, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a Recommendation, according to which, in the event of a sentence being imposed by a court that is not related to keeping a convicted person in a cell, it is advisable to include the time spent in places of detention in the time of serving the sentence with a coefficient greater than one.

The proposed amendments to the Criminal Code of the Republic will not concern persons convicted of committing especially grave crimes, crimes related to terrorist activities, drug trafficking, encroachment on the constitutional order and security of the state, as well as a relapse, dangerous recidivism or especially dangerous recidivism of crimes.