The Albanian Council of Ministers approved two days ago a new draft law on prisons, which will now go to parliament for the final go-ahead, reports Shqiptarja.com.
The new bill
The bill establishes in detail the rights and treatment of prisoners, the organization of the system as well as the competences and duties of the competent state bodies.
Among other things, continues Shqiptarja.com, the new bill provides for a more complete implementation of the special regime - better known as '41 bis' - for dangerous categories of prisoners, with the aim of taking measures to suppress crime in prisons .
The legal proposal of the government, in fact, defines 24 categories of prisoners who, in particular cases, will be subject to total isolation, preventing them from having any contact with the outside world. Specifically, the bill defines 23 as serious crimes to which an additional high-risk category has been added which includes prisoners with links to organized crime accused or convicted of murdering public officials or police forces.
The other categories include prisoners for all crimes related to terrorism provided for by the penal code and prisoners convicted of participation and / or creation, organization, management of armed gangs, as well as criminal organizations that manage the production and trafficking of drugs.
According to the bill, the duration of the isolation regime in the maximum security prison will be one year but can extend for further years depending on the risk assessment.
How the decision is made
The decision to place an inmate in solitary confinement in the maximum security prison is taken by the Minister of Justice, at the justified request of the Special Prosecutor.
In making this decision, the Minister of Justice makes use of a consultation with the Minister of the Interior, with the Director General of Prisons, with the bodies specialized in the fight against organized crime and terrorism and with the data and information of the Director General of State Police.
The isolation regime is imposed to prevent contact with the criminal organizations of which the detainees are part or with whom they collaborate.
The isolation regime
Inmates who will face isolation will be granted only one meeting a month with their relatives. For those who will not have meetings with family members, a telephone conversation per month of the maximum duration of 10 minutes will be granted and will be recorded.
Furthermore, for prisoners in solitary confinement, it is forbidden to use money or other objects that can be obtained from outside in the normal regime, just as the time spent outdoors is reduced: maximum two hours a day, but no less of an hour.
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