President Viktor Yushchenko visited a prison for juvenile delinquents in Berezhany on Sunday and said there he was going to issue a decree to adapt Ukraine’s penitentiary system to European requirements and standards.
Yushchenkosaid prison inmates in Ukraine lived in bad conditions, had poor nutrition and rarely had access to education and healthcare. He reprimanded the government for regarding prison factories and workshops as a “pragmatic economy.” He said the task of such institutions was not to make profits but to ensure that its inmates cancontinue their education and develop professional skills, according to president's press office.
The president, however, said there had been some improvements in the system, especially in the area of education. Fewer inmates have tuberculosis, he added.
Yushchenko also met with the heads of the country’s prisons to speak about how to reform the penitentiary system.
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