Inmates to be consulted on drug, HIV/AIDS prevention, control measures

Friday 08/05/2020 14:36

VGP - Inmates who complete their prison terms or after getting an approval for amnesty or conditional parole will be consulted on a wide range of issues including mental health, marriage, family, general health; prevention and fight against drugs, HIV/AIDS and social vices. 

The Government has issued Decree No. 49/2020/NĐ-CP guiding the implementation of the Law on Execution of Criminal Judgment in terms of community re-integration. 

Accordingly, two months before inmates completely serve their prison term or after getting an approval for amnesty or conditional parole granted by the competent authority, the detention facility shall provide psychological counseling and legal formality assistance for the mentioned inmates.

Psychological counseling aims to provide inmates with knowledge, orientate and raise their ability to solve their personal difficulties and problems by themselves during their community re-integration.

Counseling contents include affection, marriage, family, health; prevention and fight against drugs, HIV/AIDS and debauchery, which looks to help them get over inferiority complex; build up their will, belief, and ability to cope with and solve problems arising in the process of community reintegration. 

Other counseling contents consist of jobs, utilization of vocation training, social insurance, and other relevant matters.
Detention facilities shall have prisoners register their need for counseling by ballots stating matters which they need to be consulted or actively detect problems that inmates need to be consulted, thereby assign experienced and specialized officers to counsel the inmates in person. For the same matter, either individual counseling or group counseling is allowed.

Individual counseling shall be conducted in counseling rooms furnished with desks, chairs and other equipment necessary for the counseling.

Detention facilities may invite officers from justice or education and training sectors, from the Lawyers' Association, Youth's Union, universities, and centers for HIV/AIDS prevention, employment service centers, businesses or other specialized agencies to consult and support legal formality assistance for inmates. 

The Decree will take effect since June 15, 2020. 

By Thuy Dung 

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