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New legislation rewards well-behaved prisoners

Prisoners who demonstrate good behaviour and meet certain criteria can expect to be freed earlier or have their terms reduced, thanks to a new Presidential Ordinance.
President Bounnhang Vorachit recently issued Ordinance No 001 detailing certain criteria that prisoners would need to fulfill in order to be eligible for a pardon.
The ordinance defines more comprehensive principles, measures and regulations on matters relating to pardons.
Previously, pardons were issued in line with a direction issued by the national committee in charge of pardon affairs.
“The presidential ordinance goes into more detail and provides a useful reference for pardon affairs,” a senior official at the Department in Charge of Pardon Affairs under the Presidential Palace told Vientiane Times yesterday.
Pardons are normally granted on important occasions such as National Day, which falls on December 2.
The ordinance will apply to three categories of sentence - more than three years to 20 years imprisonment, life imprisonment, and the death penalty.
Four criteria are set for prisoners sentenced to more than three years to 20 years.
These are: good behaviour, imprisonment for one third of the set term for people aged below 18 and above 60, while prisoners aged 18-60 must serve at least half of their sentence. Payment of a certain amount of the fine imposed by the court is required and in civil cases damages are also required to be paid for, except in the case of poor prisoners certified by the authorities. Prisoners must not be a repeat offender, a criminal kingpin, or have committed a particularly cruel crime.
Those sentenced to life imprisonment must also fulfill four criteria to be eligible for a pardon. These are good behaviour, at least 10 years in prison, payment of a certain amount of the fine and in civil cases damages are required to be paid for except by poor prisoners certified by the authorities. Prisoners must not be repeat offenders, a criminal kingpin, or have committed a particularly cruel crime.
Those sentenced to death must also not be a repeat offender, a criminal kingpin or have committed an extremely cruel crime.
Criteria have also been spelled out for release from jail. Prisoners must have exhibited good behaviour. Those sentenced to more than three to 20 years must have only one year or less of their term to serve. Prisoners sentenced to more than 10 to 20 years must have two years or less of their term to serve, while those aged 60 or above must have served half of their term. They are also required to pay the fine imposed by the court and to pay damages in civil cases, except poor prisoners whose status can be certified by the authorities.
This policy reflects the just and correct policy of the state in providing opportunities for former wrongdoers to become good citizens, the ordinance said.

 

By Souksakhone Vaenkeo
(Latest Update April 11, 2018


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