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EU boosts support to Criminal Justice reform in Georgia
A new programme of support to criminal justice reform in Georgia will be launched following the signature of a financing agreement yesterday in Brussels, by Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle and Vice-Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Baramidze.
- carry out sound criminal justice policies and practices in line with Council of Europe standards;
- continue reforms of juvenile justice in compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child;
- improve the conditions of convicted prisoners in line with European standards, particularly regarding overcrowding, living standards, healthcare and legal safeguards;
- support the Probation Service on the rehabilitation and reconciliation of probationers, and by a broader adoption of non-custodial measures;
- improve access to justice for the citizens of Georgia through a stronger Legal Aid Service and ensuring the independence of the Public Defender's Office.
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