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Prevention and Control of Crime

A. Services that are subjected to the competence of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights and deal with the prevention of the minors’ criminality.
a) COMPANIES OF MINORS’ PROTECTION (Obl. Law 2724/40 Regulatory Decree of 3.7.43, L. 2298/95, L. 2331/95 and L. 3860/2010 (Off.Gaz. 111 Iss.A’).
They are Legal Entities of Public Law under the supervision of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights. They operate at the seat of every court of first instance and aim to the prevention of minors’ criminality who manifest an antisocial behaviour or are found in the danger to become offenders or victims of criminal acts, due to inappropriate or or inexisting family environment or other unfavourable social circumstances and causes. Every Company is administered by a seven-member board of directors, the members of which render their services at no salary. The resources of these Companies originate from allowance by the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights and from donations and bequests.
When the necessary resources are ensured, the Companies establish Minors’ Hostels where, within family conditions, they provide hospitality and multi-lateral support to the children they protect. Minors’ Hostels are disposed by the Companies in Athens, Piraeus, Heraklion, Karditsa, Alexandroupolis, Kozani and Volos.
Under the selection “Communication” you may find the list as well as the addresses and the phone numbers of the companies of minors’ protection.
b) SERVICES OF MINORS’ GUARDIANS OF THE MINORS’ COURTS (L. 378/76 (Off.Gaz. 171/A) P.D. 49/79 (Off. Gaz. 11//79/A)
They are peripheral services of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights that they operate at the seat of every court of first instance where there is also a minors’ court and they are supervised by the minors’ judge.
They are the main body of extra-institutional treatment of minors who have committed a criminal act or are in risk of becoming offenders or victims of criminal acts.
They are manned by the minors’ guardians, who deal with the minors imposed with the reformatory measure of guardianship (article 122 of Criminal Code), thus substantially assisting the minors’ judge to adjudge the relevant cases. They also deal with the minors who are in risk of breaking the law due to inappropriate or inexisting family environment or other social circumstances, providing mutlilateral support to them and their families.
In the Services of Minors’ Guardians, statistical data are kept related to the movements of the Service, the number of the cases, the causes of the minors’ deviation or recidivism and all other information necessary for watching the prevention and repression of the minors’ criminality at the area of the Minors’ Court.
c) K.E.S.A.TH.E.A. “Central Scientific Council for the prevention and confrontation of the victimization and the criminality of minors”.
This Council has been established by the L. 3860/2010, is an eleven-member body and the participation of the members to the Council is honourary and unsalaried. The Council coordinates and organizes actions, introduces proposals and states opinions to the Minister of Justice, Trsnparency and Human Rights on matters of prevention and confrontation of the victimization and criminality of minors. (The above Council has not been constituted yet.)
B) In the sector of repression, services of the Ministry which have supervision for the good operation of the Detention Premises and the Institutes of Minors’ Treatment :
 
 

A. Special Detention Premises for Adults – Agricultural Prisons
 
 
Name of Premises
 
1.
Agricultural Prison of Agia
 
2.
Agricultural Prison of Kassandra
3.
Agricultural Prison of Tirintha
4.
Central Warehouse of Prisons’ Supplies
 

 
 

B. Special Detention Premises for Young Persons
 
 
Name of Premises
 
1.
Special Premises of Young Persons’ Detention at Avlona
 
2.
Special Premises of Young Persons’ Detention at Volos
 
3.
ASKA at Kassavetia
 

 
 

C. Therapeutical Premises
 
 
Name of Premises
 
1.
Psychiatric Premises of Korydallos’Detainees
 
2.
Hospital of Korydallos’Detainees
 
3.
Center of Rehabilitation of Drug Addicted Detainees of Eleonas Thiva

 
 

D. Detention Premises
 
 
Name of Premises
 
1.
Women Detention Premises of Korydallos
 
2.
Detention Premises of Patras
 
3.
Detention Premises of Halkida
 
4.
Detention Premises of Corfu
 
5.
Detention Premises of Alikarnassos
 
6.
Detention Premises of Trikala
 
7.
Detention Premises of Malandrinos
 
8.
Women Detention Premises of Eleonas Thiva
 
9.
Detention Premises of Korydallos
 
10.
Detention Premises of Ioannina
 
11.
Detention Premises of Komotini
 
12.
Detention Premises of Korinthos
 
13.
Detention Premises of Thessaloniki
 
14.
Detention Premises of Larissa
 
15.
Detention Premises of Nafplion
 
16.
Detention Premises of Neapoli
 
17.
Detention Premises of Tripoli
 
18.
Detention Premises of Chania
 
19.
Detention Premises of Chios
 
20.
Detention Premises of Kos
 
21.
Detention Premises of Amfissa
 
22.
Detention of Central Macedona III                     ( Nigrita at Serres)

 
b) Minor Males’ Treatment Institute of Volos (L. 2298/95, Off.Gaz. 62A’ and L. 3860/2010 (Off.Gaz. 111 Iss.A’).
It is a peripheral service of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights.
It hosts the minors who have manifested a law breaking behaviour or confront difficulties of social adaptation, with the purpose the treatment, social support, education and vocational training.
In this institute minor males enter, on whom has been imposed the reformative measure of the placement at a treatment institute (art. 122 par. (14) of the Criminal Code) or this placement is imposed as a restrictive condition (art. 282 of the Code of Criminal Procedure).
Also, minors enter who live in a social environment of persons who commit criminal acts by habit or by profession.
During the years of their residence in the Institute, the minors attend a school within or out of the Premises, participate in programmes of education, vocational training and cultural, amusement or sport activities.
They may also use a leave on probation or a leave for family, educational or health reasons.
The Institute is manned by administrative clerks, social workers, psychologists etc. It hosts up to twenty five minors, Greeks and aliens.
The Institute operates at the city of Volos.
Address : 2, L. Kazanaki street, N. Ionia Volos D.C. 38446
Tel. 24210 65600, 24210 67490 Fax 24210 60804
c) Special Therapeutical Premises
It is noted that in the sector of Special Therapeutical Premises, Greece has been innovative by creating independent centers of rehabilitation of drug addicted detainees.
In particular :
By the L. 2721/99 (Off.Gaz. 112/3-6-99 Issue A’) it has been established the Center of Rehabilitation of Drug Addicted Detainees at Eleonas Thiva, as a special therapeutical premises, the purpose of which is the therapeutical treatment of drug addicted detainees for their physical and mental rehabilitation. By the same law, it has also been established a second center of rehabilitation at the Municipality of Kassandra Halkidiki.
Among these, the first one is located at the region of Eleonas Thiva and has a capacity of hosting 25 drug addicted detainees. The second one is being constructed at the area of the Agricultural Prison of Kassandra, by the company “THEMIS CONSTRUCTIONS S.A.” and its buildings are at the stage of completion while it has a capacity of hosting 360 drug addicted detainees.
The programme of the Center of Rehabilitation of Drug Addicted Detainees is simple, voluntary, multifunctional and it lasts almost two years, while it aims : a) to the physical and mental rehabilitation, b) to the abstention from law-breaking behaviour, c) to the education and training, d) to the prevention of recidivism and the social integration of the participants.
The first phase of the programme -of two month term – is a prepaartory phase and is implemented at the local premises of detention of drug addicted detainees.
The second phase of the programme is implemented at the Center of Eleonas whch has already began operating and has a term of 4 months at least. It is characterized as a transitional phase and combines correction with therapy, aiming to the continuation of the mobilization for the therapy and the gradual change of the psychological attitude and behaviour of the detainee from a “prisoner” to a “remediable” person.
Then comes the third phase, that lasts 8 months at least, which is characterized as a phase of mental rehabilitation and is implemented at special areas of the Center where the principles of therapeutical communities will be implemented.
The fourth and last phase, that lasts 12 months at least, is the phase of socialization and aims to the promotion and integration of the remediable persons in the society. This phase is implemented at areas of the Center or protected premises of the State or in Agricultural prisons.
From the realization of the programme of rehabilitation of drug addicted detainees, the Ministry of Justice has employed, except for the administrative and guarding staff, the necessary scientific personnel (doctors, psychologists, sociologists, social workers) and proceeded to all rrquired actions for the safe and effective operation of the Center.
Since the beginning of September this year, the first drug addicted detainees have already been transferred to the Center of Rehabilitation of Drug Addicted Detainees at Eleonas Thiva and they have been selected based on specific criteria provided for in the no. 137061/28.08.2002 common decision of the Ministers of Justice and Health-Welfare (Off. Gaz. 1154/02 Iss.B’) in which it is fully regulated the Therapeutical programme, the conditions for the integration of the interested detainees in it and the overall operation of the Center.
Under the selection “Communication” you may find the phone numbers of all above mentioned services.
C) Post-Penitentiary Care
The Ministry of Justice, by its competent services : (a) Directorate of Penitentiary Treatment of Adults-Department of Vocational Training, Organization of Detainees’ Work and Prison Released Persons’ Social Rehabilitation and (b) Social Services of the Detention Premises, in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, via the Labour Exchange Organization, implements programmes of allowances to new posts of work and new free-lance professionals, to prison released persons and young law breaking persons or young persons who are found at a social risk.
Supportive documents for the subjection to the allowance programme
The interested persons, in order to be subjected to these programmes, should file to the competent branch of the Labour Exchange Organization of their residential area, the following supportive documents :
a) The prison released persons :
1. A Release Certificate with prison release date later than 01.01.2000.
2. A Recommendation Report of the Social Service or the Director of the Penitentiary Premises that this perosn is proposed to enter the Labour Exchange Organization’s allowance programme of employment.
 
 
It is noticed that :
- The persons who will be included in these programmes should have served a continuous sentence of imprisonment of 6 months at least.
- The prison released persons whose reason of imprisonment is related to a violation of the law about drugs, are not included in the programme.
b) The young law breaking persons (who have been imposed with reformatory measures or penal penitentiary ones) or the young persons found at a social risk :
- A Recommendation Report by the Social Service of the Special Detention Premises or the Rehabilitation Institute or a Company of Minors; Protection of a Municipality or another competent body of social intervention (Ministry of Health and Welfare, National Organization of Welfare) or the “Child’s Smile”, or the SOS Villages etc., along with a proposal of entry to the Labour Exchange allowance programme.
- A Work Permit, in the cases required.
 
D) Services subjected to the competence of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights that deal with measures alternative to sentences.
 
SERVICES OF SOCIAL ASSISTANCE GUARDIANS (L. 1941/91-Off.Gaz. 41/A/91, P.D. 195/06, Off.,Gaz. 199/A/06).
These are Peripheral Services of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights and operate at the seats of the Courts of First Instance of Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Patra, Ioannina, Corfu, Kozani, Komotini, Lamia, Larissa, Nafplion, Syros, Rhodes, Chania.
The Services of Social Assistance Guardians have as their mission :
a) to assist and supervise persons who have been convicted with suspension of their sentence’ service under supervision or whose sentence has been converted to an obligation to render public welfare work or have been dismissed on conditions (art. 15 par. 4 L. 1941/91) and
b) the performance of social research in provisional detainees or in persons on whom restrictive clauses have been imposed, according to the article 282 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (art. 15 par. 5 L. 1941/1991). 

 

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