The Georgian Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani has evaluated the outcomes of a rehabilitation program initiated by her five years ago, titled Rehabilitation and Resocialization Program for Former Prisoners.
The minister stated that between 2012 and 2017:
- 3,345 former prisoners addressed the Justice Ministry to benefit from the program.
- 527 inmates found jobs.
- 1,233 prisoners have undergone various professional trainings.
- 308 beneficiaries received municipal transport cards free of charge.
- 311 former prisoners have received free of charge psychological assistance.
- 106 business ideas by 108 former prisoners have been financed.
- 823 former prisoners have used health care services free of charge.
- 643 former prisoners have used free legal services.
- 123 former prisoners have removed tattoos, free of charge.
- 65 of the former inmates were underage individuals.
- 532 former prisoners have participated in free sport and health activities.
Participation in the program is voluntary. As soon as a former prisoner asks for support a social worker evaluates his/her needs and offers some of the following services within the program.
Works by former inmates. Photo from the Justice Ministry press office.
- Psychological support.
- Support for health-related problems.
- Professional trainings and help to find a job.
- Support for family members of a former inmate.
- Legal support.
Tsulukiani stated the program is very important to prevent future crimes and help former prisoners start new lives.