Strengthening Community Justice Administration implies the right to equality and access to justice, the right to a fair trial and due process; juvenile justice reforms; advocacy and legal aid; legal awareness raising; reduction of recidivism. Another right refers to the individualisation of justice administration: including trial monitoring, pre-trial and penitentiary conditions, execution of court judgements, increasing positive public interaction with law-enforcement authorities, rehabilitation and social reintegration of detainees.
The overall objective of the present project is to raise public confidence in human rights and protection under the rule of law for Judicial Authorities and Public Prosecutors, Police lock-ups, Penitentiaries. The project aims at an independent, accountable, efficient and effective criminal justice system with measurable correctional reforms, restorative offender management and non-custodial sentencing.
The estimated results include greater efficiency and effectiveness of Criminal Justice management; elimination of prison over-crowding through implementation in scale and scope of non-custodial sentencing options; reduction in recidivism and victimization through community supervision of offenders on probation, creation of National Standards for Probation Services and elaboration of European/International Norms for Human Rights and Juvenile Justice.
As a future partner, Mindustries will conduct training programmes for Probation Officers and certification of competences.
Mindustries has also proposed and written, in collaboration with EURO <26, a Romanian NGO and other affliated entities (Macedonian NGOs) 2 projects for the application of EuropAID funds.
I. One of them targeted Fostering Social Inclusion, Thematic Priority / Lot 1: Fostering social inclusion of the disadvantaged persons into the labour market in Republic of Macedonia.
The overall objective of the present project was to increasing social inclusion of young prisoners from all Macedonian regions, by developing informational campaigns on equal opportunities in the labour market and participation in integrated training programs.
The target group included 40 Young offenders and the final beneficiaries: Idrizovo, Kumanovo penitentiary - prison staff and, indirectly, the families of the young offenders; trainers from the local training organizations, institutions and professionals assisting the prison system, prison system managers and professionals, social workers and social workers dealing with prisoners and ex-prisoners, mass-media, the Macedonia prison system as a whole, would beneficiate of professional training programme that would propose to implement integrated employment measures (training, psychological counseling, professional counseling, placement on the labour market for employment) for persons in detention (young offenders) to improve the capacity of adaptation and flexibility at the level of requirements on the labour market, that is in fact a vector of employment growth, social inclusion and adjustment of unemployment, especially among people at risk
II. The other project, also in colaboration with the Romanian NGO and the Macedonian affiliated entities targeted Further support to independent, accountable, professional and efficient judiciary and promotion of probation service and alternative sanctioning, Partnership for Justice, Thematic Priority / Lot 1.
The overall objective of the project was an independent, accountable, efficient judicial system with non-custodial sentencing options supervised by a new probation service while the specific objective(s) such as: Institutional capacity building for the Macedonian Judicial Council and Council of Public Prosecutors; Efficiency development in human resource selection, appraisal and planning, for effective court management and sustainable judicial legitimacy, impartiality and transparency, Integrate Probation and non-custodial sanctions and offender management system into Macedonian judicial and correctional structures; Elaborate National Standards for Probation services based on European norms.
The Target group(s) is the Judicial Council and Council of Public Prosecutors and the final beneficiaries: A more independent Macedonian Judicial System and a better protected public.
The estimated results: Greater efficiency and effectiveness of Criminal Justice management; Elimination of prison over-crowding through implementation in scale and scope of non-custodial sentencing options; Reduction in recidivism and victimization through community supervision of offenders on probation. Elaboration of National Standards