The Minister of Justice, Konstantin Chuichenko, believes that the idea of replacing foreign labor migrants by domestic prisoners is absolutely correct. The official said this in Khabarovsk. And the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has already officially reacted to his idea.
It should be reminded that the director of the Federal Penitentiary Service Alexander Kalashnikov was the first to suggest using prisoners more actively in the spheres in which labor migrants are involved. He said that we have 188 thousand prisoners have the right to replace punishment in colonies with forced labor.
The official representative of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Svetlana Petrenko said yesterday:
- The idea of the FSIN director Alexander Kalashnikov to replace migrants with convicts is rational and deserves serious support.
According to a representative of the investigative department, domestic legislation “allows for the replacement of punishment by individuals with forced labor, and this is fully consistent with the meaning of humanization of the penal policy.
If the prisoner has not paid off the debts, then he cannot ask for early release.
The Investigative Committee recalled that one of the sentences is the correction of the convicted person. And labor is one of the means to achieve such goals.
There is also an important aspect - they will be paid for work on construction sites. And paid employment for those who will work at construction and industrial sites where there are not enough workers, will also be a big step for the social adaptation of convicts.
Plus, such workers at construction sites have a stable salary. This means that with the money they earn, convicts will be able to cover the damage they caused to the injured people. Today, often in places of deprivation of liberty, a prisoner simply has nowhere to work and, accordingly, to earn money. And if the prisoner has not paid off the debts, then he cannot ask for parole. It turns out a vicious circle.
Another argument is presented in the department of Alexander Bastrykin. They remind that, unfortunately, some of the labor migrants who come to us do not always comply with Russian laws. According to statistics, in 2020 the number of citizens of other states who committed especially grave crimes in our country amounted to more than 2,5 thousand - 5,5 percent more than in 2019.
- This is another criterion that allows us to speak about the expediency of the FSIN proposal, which could clearly have a favorable effect on the prevention and reduction of the crime rate, Svetlana Petrenko emphasized.