Delinquent Rehabilitation Center Opens in Kyiv
Rehabilitation instead of jail time. A new center, based on a probation law signed in 2015, has opened in Kyiv. Its aim is to help young criminal offenders with rehabilitation, instead of isolation
17-year old Serhiy is an ordinary teenager – who has big plans for the future. But not so long ago, he committed a crime that could put all of this off track.
“A year and a half ago, I succumbed to the influence of bad company. I thought they were my good friends. As a result, I behaved in a bad way. I overestimated myself. I thought that I was a hero. And it turned out that I ended up here,” Serhiy says.
Every Wednesday – for about 7 months, Serhiy comes to this Probation Center in Kyiv, as a court had decided that he could be rehabilitated without being isolated from society.
“This organization works every day, if I’m not mistaken. And a teenager can come here every day, cook for himself, talk to people, work with a psychologist. And it really helps,” he adds.
Yulia Krasylova is a psychologist. In 2015, she started to work on her PhD – which became a driving force for her volunteer work in this center.
“When I was working with Serhiy, I (noticed) that this teenager was very open, very communicative, he wants to communicate. And not only from the example of this teenager, but also by many others, I can say that the children want to make contact, but they are afraid of it. They have no one to open up to, though they want to talk,” psychologist Yulia Krasilova says.
Some teenagers are obliged to come to a probation center anywhere from 1 to 4 times a month. And their terms of probation can last from 1 to 2 years, depending on the crime committed.
“During the probation period, a person must not commit new crimes, should show up on time for registration, not associate with criminals or have administrative records. If he fulfills all the obligations imposed by the court, his case is sent to a court after the probationary period – to decide whether he can be released from punishment,” Head of Holoiyivskiy District Department for Probation Issues in Kyiv, Viktoria Mruts says.
This procedure was established as a result of a probation Law – signed by President Petro Poroshenko on February 5th, 2015. And this probation center – that conducts social and educational work – was created 2 years later – with support from the Canadian government.