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Most of the crimes are committed under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Some of the convicted drug users do not realize that they are sick and it is not easy to get rid of this disease without outside help. Therefore, in the penal system of the Khabarovsk Territory, regular psychological and social work is carried out with this category of convicts.

Qualified anti-drug assistance in the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Khabarovsk Territory is received by 100% of convicts, as well as suspects and accused addicted to psychotropic drugs. At the same time, the provision of drug treatment in the institutions of the penitentiary system of the region is carried out exclusively on a voluntary basis.

In three correctional institutions of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in the Khabarovsk Territory, detachments (groups) of social and psychological work with convicts with alcohol and drug addiction are organized. These are correctional colonies No. 11, 12 and 13. Volunteers of the Khabarovsk regional branch of the international organization “Russian Red Cross” provide substantial assistance in working with this category of convicts.

Volunteers conduct preventive training sessions with convicts for drug trafficking crimes. The last such lesson took place in IK-13, located in the village of Zaozernoye. Representatives of the “Red Cross” told young people who have already ruined their lives due to the use or distribution of illegal substances about the harm that drugs cause to human health, his family, and children.

The lesson was held in the form of a conversation. Representatives of the “Red Cross” were interested in the convicts’ views on life, the circumstances that served as the basis for committing a crime and getting to places of imprisonment.

Gradually, the volunteers moved on to more in-depth work with drug-addicted convicts. The form of work was both group and individual. Trainings of psycho-therapeutic and advisory nature were conducted with convicts. 19 convicts took part in them.

In the institutions of the penal system of the Khabarovsk Territory, work with drug addicts is carried out as part of the implementation of the departmental program of social and psychological work in relation to people with alcohol and drug addiction.

The regional UFSIN begins to provide assistance to persons in need of treatment at the time of their detention in the pre-trial detention center. Once in the correctional colony, the convicts continue their rehabilitation begun. Specialists from the Penitentiary System of the Khabarovsk Territory carry out medical examination and psychological testing of convicts. After that, an individual rehabilitation plan is drawn up, which is a set of measures – these are classes with psychologists, psychiatrists and, in some cases, drug correction, if necessary.

However, the participation of Red Cross volunteers in this work is also necessary; they help to provide comprehensive assistance to convicts with drug addiction. The main task of the work being carried out is to reduce the craving of convicts for psychotropic substances, to form an attitude towards strong-willed refusal from drugs, and to increase the level of responsibility for their own actions.

Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Khabarovsk Territory

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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