In October 2016, an Agreement was signed between the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security in the Kingdom of Norway on cooperation to support the implementation of a Full-Scale Probation Service in Ukraine. According to the Agreement, the overall objective of the cooperation is to ensure respect for human rights and rule of law in the functioning of the criminal justice system in Ukraine. The principle aim is to support the development an effective and professional probation organisation and support the implementation of alternative sanctions.
The Norwegian Rule of Law Advisers to Ukraine (NORLAU) Probation Project is a technical assistance and cooperation project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway and implemented by the Directorate of the Norwegian Correctional Service. The beneficiary of the project is the Ministry of Justice in Ukraine.
According to the Agreement, the project shall aim to reduce reoffending, improve reintegration of offender into the society, reduce the prison population and contribute to a safer society.
The Project will focus on two main goals:
1. To increase the number of alternative sanctions
2. To support the implementation of a Full-Scale Probation Service
Both goals will include several activities and inputs that will be complementary and mutually reinforced. Support to sentencing reform will help to encourage the justice actors to more systematically apply alternative sanctions when appropriate. An effective implementation of alternative sanctions and measures is an essential means of preventing crime, rehabilitation of offenders, increasing public safety and strengthening the rule of law.