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Ukraine liquidates its State Penitentiary Service amid reform

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved the reform of the State Penitentiary Service, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

The concept of the reform was presented by First Deputy Minister of Justice Natalia Sevostianova at a government meeting on Wednesday. In particular, two Cabinet resolutions were passed in line with the reform: a resolution on optimization of central executive agencies of the justice system and a resolution on the liquidation of territorial authorities of the State Penitentiary Service and the formation of territorial agencies of the Ministry of Justice.

Late last year, Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko announced that his ministry’s major tasks for 2016 included the reformation of the penitentiary system.

“The year 2016 will be the launch of the reform of the penitentiary service,” he said.

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