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The reason for the meeting was a joyful event – this year marks the 5th anniversary of the opening of the Aurora rehabilitation center for convicted women preparing for release. The center successfully operates on the territory of correctional colony No. 3 of the region’s penitentiary system. This is the only center of this kind in the Southern Federal District, organized within the framework of the Presidential Grants project with the support of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia.

After a working meeting with the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Krasnodar Territory, Major General of the Internal Service Viktor Pestov, President of the Prisoner Assistance Fund Suzanne Kirilchuk, together with the fund’s employees Elena Sirotina and Ksenia Pavlova, visited the women’s correctional colony No. 3. During a tour of the rehabilitation center, the guests got acquainted with the way of life, the daily routine, talked with the convicts, who organized a small concert in the club of the correctional institution for guests and employees.

Suzanne Kirilchuk, President of the Prisoner Aid Foundation, thanked the staff and the convicts. As a gift, she gave me tools for more effective work of psychologists.

– The Aurora Rehabilitation Center was created to ensure a more successful adaptation to life in freedom for convicted women preparing for release. Our task is to do everything necessary to ensure that those who are released are adapted to a normal life, – emphasized Suzanne Kirilchuk.

Correctional colony No. 3 has been functioning for over 80 years. Women who have been sentenced to imprisonment for the first time are serving their sentences there. Currently there are more than 650 of them in the institution. More than 200 people are released from the colony every year. In the most difficult situation are those who have served a long sentence and during this time have lost contact with family and friends. Basically, the rehabilitation center is designed specifically for this category of convicts who need modern and effective programs for adaptation to life in the wild. Since 2015, more than 160 convicts who have passed through the center have been released.

The center is equipped with a gymnasium, a modern kitchen with various household appliances. It has everything you need to carry out educational, psychological and social work and create conditions close to home. Living conditions in the Center differ significantly from living conditions in the colony. Here, 20 convicts can undergo rehabilitation at the same time.

Currently, convicts live in “Aurora” who have no more than 6 months left before the onset of parole or the end of the sentence.

A hostess circle has been created in the center. This is the only circle in the institution, in which convicts are engaged in preparing dishes from food products permitted for storage and use. Convicts take part in the circle with great interest, share their recipes that they used at large. All convicts living in the rehabilitation center are involved in this circle.

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

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