Legal aid to the condemned women
“The Center of legal and psychological aid to the workers of penitentiaries of the Chernigiv oblast” began to work in the oblast in the framework of the program of Democratic grants and the foundation for the development of Ukrainian mass media. The project is supported by the USA Embassy in Ukraine.
In the course of realization of this project the members of the charity organization “Chernigiv center for protecting women rights” delivered on 7 May 2003 the first lecture in the school of legal knowledge in Chernigiv women reforming colony No. 44. The workers of the Chernigiv town department of registering the acts of civil status at the Chernigiv oblast directorate of justice also took part in the studies. I. Kebets, a deputy head of the department, explained some aspects of the laws of Ukraine on marriage, registration of marriage and divorce, and the peculiarities concerning the incarcerated persons. The introduction of the new Family Code of Ukraine was also discussed.
The life of the charity organization and penitentiary establishments of the town was very active during this May. Yet, these events were the result of the long preparatory work. We united the organizations and enterprises of the town, collected money.
On 15 May, on the international Day of family, the members of the charity organization “Chernigiv center for protecting women rights” presented to Chernigiv colony No. 44 a computer and two printers. These presents are intended for the social-psychological service of the colony, since this service determines the forms and methods of the reforming work with the condemned women. Undoubtedly, the organization of the reforming and social-psychological work with the persons, who were condemned to imprisonment, is a very important element of the process of criminal punishment, which includes the main principles of state social policy guaranteeing the protection of legal rights and freedoms of citizens, who stay in penitentiaries.
On 19 May 2003 the members of our organization presented two TV sets and one Xerox to Chernigiv preliminary prison No. 31. This equipment was bought by the request of the workers of this establishment.