Albanian gov’t to assist convicted women in reintegrating into society, says minister

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TIRANA, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) — The Albanian government will provide assistance to convicted women for their reintegration into the society following an amnesty for inmates approved by the Council of Ministers, Justice Minister Etilda Gjonaj said on Saturday.

Gjonaj made the remarks during a meeting with convicted women at a women’s prison in the capital Tirana.

The minister told the convicted women about the amnesty approved on Tuesday by the Council of Ministers which includes women, minors and men convicted up to two years of jail term.

If the amnesty takes effect, 28 out of the 56 convicted women currently serving their sentence in the country’s prisons will be released immediately. The other 28 will have a reduction by one-third of their sentence.

Gjonaj said the government will assist all the convicted women once they leave prison in their reintegration into the society, such as finding a job for them.

“We will also assist you with legal matters, providing free legal assistance,” Gjonaj told the women inmates, adding that she will also continue assisting the rest of the women inmates.

The government bill will be sent for vote in parliament at the next session to be held in January 2020.

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