Delovaya Rossiya is asking businesses about their willingness to use prisoner labor

Delovaya Rossiya launched a survey in the regions on the readiness of entrepreneurs to use the labor of prisoners. The association believes that with the involvement of business, it is possible to replace prison sentences with forced labor for about 100 thousand people. Deputy Minister of Justice Vsevolod Vukolov considers the initiative to use correctional centers useful, as it allows convicts to “avoid the harmful influence of the prison subculture.”

The results of the survey will be summed up in September, said the head of the expert center for criminal law policy and the execution of judicial acts of the association Ekaterina Avdeeva “RIA News”. According to her, organizations in the construction, agriculture, forestry, mining and clothing industries may be interested in attracting the labor of prisoners.

According to the Ministry of Justice, more than 180,000 convicts are eligible for transfer. In Russia, there are 220 correctional centers with the ability to accommodate more than 200 thousand convicts. A third of them were created on the basis of enterprises on their initiative. “The creation of correctional centers is a very promising direction, since here we are not only unloading the penitentiary system, but also enabling those convicted under minor articles to return to normal life ahead of schedule, renew ties with their families, and avoid the harmful influence of the prison subculture,” said Mr. Vukolov. .

In January 2022, President Vladimir Putin supported the idea of ​​replacing a prison term with corrective labor for 100,000 convicts. The issue has been actively discussed since the summer of 2021, when at that time the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service, Alexander Kalashnikov, suggested more actively using prisoners in those areas in which labor migrants are usually involved. The initiative was supported by the head of the Ministry of Justice Konstantin Chuichenko, the head of the Human Rights Council Valery Fadeev, the Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova, the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin and Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, as well as 71% of Russian residents who are not serving sentences in places of deprivation of liberty (data VTsIOM).

More details – in the material “Kommersant” “Labor expired.”

Leonid Uvarchev

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