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Probation Support Program in Armenia

Country: Armenia
Category: Community Development Programs

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IMPLEMENTATION TIMEFRAME: March 01, 2018-February 28, 2019

FUNDER: U.S. State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

 

In Sept. 2016, based on the infrastructure, technical and human resources of its former Alternative Sanctions Unit (ASU) operating under the Criminal Executive Department of the RA Ministry of Justice, Armenia launched a new State Probation Service (SPS). The transition from the ASU with its punitive mentality to SPS as a more humanistic and restorative justice model is full of challenges, since the new service critically suffers serious lack of essential resources, plus, its staff is in need of in-depth professional development and exposure to the experiences and practices of their counterpart international probation services. 

 

Thus, the 1-year Armenia Probation Support Program (Armenia PSPS) funded by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and implemented by PH International with input from a group of experienced local and international experts and in cooperation with key stakeholders (RA Ministry of Justice, RA State Probation Service, “CLERP” Center for legal Education and Restorative Programs SNPO) and other relevant actors, pursues the following 2 key objectives:

  • To strengthen the State Probation Service of Armenia through the provision of technical, managerial, human rights and ethics training of its probation officers and staff, thereby increasing the organization’s ability to ensure public safety, prevent reoffending, protect human rights, and reduce the burden on penal institutions.
  • To ensure that the State Probation Service of Armenia will develop human-rights focused practices and will invest in the sustainability and professionalism of its staff and services.

 

The program is to deliver the following key activities and results:

  • Creation of 2 professional development manuals, one for the Managerial/Administrative staff of the Probation Service, and the other for the Probation Officers,
  • Creation of Methodology Guides for the 2 abovementioned manuals for Trained Trainers
  • Preparation of a pool of trained trainers for SPS, equipped with proper knowledge, skills and attitude to train the current SPS staff during this project and serve as trainers for upcoming SPS staff in the future

Program News

6-day Training for Trainers Program for the Armenian Probation Service | 8 Dec 2018

On November 29, 2018 the 6-day Training for Trainers, organized within the “Support to Probation Service” funded by the US Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Affairs and implemented by PH International was completed.

The events were organized in partnership with the RA Ministry of Justice, specifically with close cooperation with the RA Probation Service.

A total of 16 participants represented by the RA Ministry of Justice, the Probation Service of the Ministry of Justice, the Penitentiary Department of the Ministry of Justice, the MoJ’s “Center for Legal Education and Rehabilitation Programs” SNRO, as well as by several Non-Governmental Organizations were trained as future trainers of the RA Probation Service. The training was conducted by American and English experts Janet Dunigan, George Keizer and Steven Pitts, assisted by national experts Gayane Hovakimyan, Deputy Director of the MoJ’s “Center for Legal Education and Rehabilitation Programs” SNRO, and Arshak Gasparyan, Chairman of “Social Justice” NGO.

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“Probation Support Program in Armenia” launching conference | 17 May 2018

Organized by “PH International” Armenian office, “Probation Support Program in Armenia” launching conference was held at the “Armenia Marriott” hotel, Yerevan, on May 15, 2018. It hosted representatives of a number of state agencies, US Embassy to Yerevan and social organizations involved in the activities in the sphere, including Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of RA, RA State Probation Service, “Center for Legal Education and Restorative Programs (CLERP)” State Non-Profit Organization, Civil Society Institute (CSI) and other participants of the event.

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