We must give people the opportunity to change and return to society!

This was emphasized in his speech by the People’s Deputy of Ukraine Yuriy Miroshnychenko on the art-action #criticallife – a campaign to support the legislative initiative to grant the right to review the sentence in the form of life imprisonment, the official opening of which was held on the sidelines of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on February 7, 2018, organized Public organization “Soyuz” Golden Age of Ukraine “.

“Our goal is not to provide revenge on the part of society, the person who committed the offense. Penitentiary system is a system of repentance. A system that should make people change and realize their mistakes. Conditions must be created to change one’s life, “the parliamentarian noted.

Yuri Miroshnichenko emphasized that the reform includes a number of draft laws that deal with changes: changes in the way of life, conditions of detention, provision of medical care and counseling by psychologists, and the help of chaplains: “It is necessary to enable a person to restore his soul and return to society.”

The politician has drawn the example of Western countries in which prisoners serving life imprisonment, once in a certain period, are allowed to appear in front of the judge and prove that they have changed and redefined the mistakes.

“The essence of the initiative is not to forget about the crimes and to abolish the punishment, but to ensure that those who have changed and sincerely repented of the committed, to return to normal life”, – summed up Yuri Miroshnichenko.