`Within six months of release, 40% Russians commit new crime`

Almost 40 per cent of young people in Russia commit new crimes within six months of their release from prison, a top official has said.

Updated: Jun 27, 2010, 20:32 PM IST

Novo-Ogarevo: Almost 40 per cent of
young people in Russia commit new crimes within six months of
their release from prison, a top official has said.

"Several tens of thousands of young people get release
from prison and, unfortunately about 40 per cent of them
commit new crimes within six months after that. This is a huge
figure," Youth Affairs Agency chief Vasily Yakimenko said at a
meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin yesterday.

As an example of assistance to such young people,
Yakimenko cited a project launched in Yekaterinburg.

"It`s a labour exchange for adolescents who have been
released from prison, where they are offered several job
vacancies. Those who have no place to live in are offered
social hotels and so on," he said, adding the project produces
amazing figures in terms of how they make their way back into
society.

Speaking of "a very good and often unique experience of
helping teenagers in dire straits", Yakimenko mentioned a St
Petersburg-based organisation "Novoye Pokoleniye" (New
Generation).

"Since its opening, 20,000 teenagers who had committed
their first crimes worked at this enterprise, earned money and
did not break the law again. As a result, 92 per cent of
socialisation of hard teenagers," he said.

PTI