Deep Reform to Root out Corruption in Prisons
Albanian Daily News
Published March 14, 2018
Minister of Justice Etilda Gjonaj stated that the government has undertaken a prison reform, aiming at rooting out corruption in Albania's prisons, following her inspection visit at the Peqin prison on Tuesday. Gjonaj expressed her determination to push forward the reform in the fight against corruption which has grown for years, as she stated. According to the minister, the purity and moral integrity of the prison staff is the main object of the reform, as the only way of strengthening security in prisons and ensuring a professional service in the penitentiary institutions.
"During the verification process carried out by the Ministry of Justice, it came out that about 100 prison warders have criminal records. Consequently, they shouldn't have been part of the system. On the other hand, it came out that 70 prison warders didn't have the relevant education for the job," the Ministry of Justice said in a press release.
The Ministry of Justice has also expressed its determination not to allow any toleration during the vetting process of the moral integrity of the prison staff, saying "all those who fail to meet the criteria will be dismissed".
Speaking about the new system of recruitment, aiming at having not a political, but a professional staff, Gjonaj said, "In order to meet this goal, in cooperation with the Academy of Security, there will be organized professional tests for recruitment of new staff and further on, the selected candidates will be subject to training courses according to tasks of their job in the prisons".