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Amnesties based on safety

Update: August, 29/2015 - 08:51

The State is expected to pardon more than 18,000 inmates this year. General Nguyen Ngoc Bang, chief of the Police Department for Law Enforcement, spoke with the Labour newspaper about it. amnesty. decision.

With the celebra-tion of the 70th anniversary of Viet Nam National Day around the corner, what was special about the amnesty decision this year?

In general, the amnesty decision this year was not much different from the one in 2013 and many others before that. However, the criteria this year were stricter to limit the number of inmates who were likely to return to crime being released early. The decision was carried out with safety and order in mind.

This year, inmates who had been convicted and served time before or those who were convicted of assault and battery on multiple counts were not eligible for early releases.

Why is it that the number of inmates being released this year many times higher than in previous years, with even stricter criteria?

There were a number of reasons for the large number of inmates being released this year. Firstly, we were able to provide much better conditions and reform programmes that assisted inmates during the time they served.

Secondly, with the country's Law on Amnesty having taken full effect, the requirements and criteria to be eligible for early release have become much more transparent. It has provided serving inmates with clearer objectives and guidelines on what would be considered good behaviour to follow in order to be eligible.

The Government's amnesty programme reflects the country's humanitarian tradition. However, with the number of inmates being released in the dozens of thousands what are the impacts this may have on safety of the public, social order and security?

First and foremost, the inmates who are going to be released this year all showed good behaviour and dedication to return to society during the time they served. Furthermore, our statistics showed that only 114 inmates returned to crime out of a total of 15,523 released during the previous amnesty decision in 2013, or just 0.73 per cent.

We've discussed the creation of jobs, support policies and rehabilitation for inmates after release at length. What are the remaining challenges to this process and what are the solutions to those challenges?

Job creation remained a major challenge in our effort to keep inmates from returning to crime. It is also a crucial factor that determines the success or failure of rehabilitating the inmates. During the time they served, inmates had access to numerous vocational training programmes, as well as life skills training to help them look for jobs after release.

Morever, the ministry and local authorities encouraged individuals and organisations to employ released inmates, and there have been numerous successful models across the country.

The Ministry of Public Security has recommended numerous solutions to the Government to assist inmates in their rehabilitation process after they are released. The ministry also ordered local police forces to maintain contact with released inmates, encouraging them to reintegrate with society and providing them various forms of support both financially and emotionally.

In addition, the ministry also instructed prisons and detention centres to provide inmates with a certain amount of funds, which would at least cover their daily expenses and transport fares for a while, as well as money from the country's rehabilitation fund. — VNS

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