„I would like to inform you that limitation of the right to driving prevents me from starting a job. Though I tried to be employed on a number of sites, I failed to start a job due to limited right to driving. I am the only bread-winner in the family and want to earn a living for the family. I have to cope with daily financial problems with the help of close relatives, which is rather difficult for me and my family. I am suffering from heart problems and cannot physically work. In case of giving me a chance and restore my deprived right to driving, you will also support my re-socialization and my family will not remain without care”. Similar letter was submitted to the Standing Commission considering removal of the sentence at the National Probation Agency within the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia approximately two months before, on which a positive response was received two months ago.
Former inmate will be able to be employed and care for the family, though before finding a new job, he has to take care of the diseased member of the family. The elderly couple have had their son imprisoned for two years. Before this, grandfather has to care for the only juvenile in the family. Bee-keeping is the only income source for the family, run by the grandfather, though due to limitation of the right to driving, he failed to transport bee families during so called “Mountain High Season”.
With the support of the project for strengthening former inmates, 65-year old former inmate is planning to buy bee families, whereas after the decision of the standing commission he is planning to transport bee-families and care for the better future.
The project for strengthening former inmates is being implemented in Ajara, Guria, Samegrelo Upper Svaneti and Imereti region by the Institute of Democracy, Guria Youth Resource Center, Tanaziari and Foundation Abkhazinterkont with the support of the European Union.
In the frame of the project, the number of applications by the beneficiaries is rather high; therefore, limitation of the right to driving is named to be a preventative factor for employment. According to the lawyer’s information, the project has been addressed by up to 10 beneficiaries for legal aid.
Information for the individuals willing to remove a conditional sentence, removal of previous convictions and restoration of deprived rights:
For the removal of conditional sentence from the convicts and before-term restoration of deprived right a person has to appeal to the Probation Bureau with an advertisement; The Bureau shall address the Standing Commission considering removal of the sentence at the National Probation Agency within the Ministry of Corrections with a mediation. In pursuant with Articles 260 and 273 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, the Convicts together with other conditions are requested to present the conclusion upon compulsory drug inspection, enabling the latter body to appeal to the standing commission with the relevant request.
In case a standing committee takes decision upon refusing removal of the conditional sentence or previous conviction for the convict, as well as pre-term restoration of the right deprived to the person in pursuant with Georgian law upon “Combatting Drug Offences” or reducing the term for depriving these rights, re-consideration of the meditation on the above-mentioned issue shall be possible only after one year from taking the decision.