The EU Mission for the Support of Palestinian Police and Rule of Law

EUPOL COPPS supports efforts to give former criminals a second chance

EUPOL COPPS facilitated a workshop for the Palestinian Ministry of Justice, held in Ramallah on 30 November, designed to create a clear mechanism for rehabilitating criminals convicted of less serious, non-violent offences who wish to be integrated into the society.

“When people convicted of lesser crimes make a genuine attempt to change their lives, it is only right that the authorities recognise this effort and help them along the way,” said Amjad Badran, Legislative Drafting Adviser at EUPOL COPPS. “The most difficult situation is where convicted people are not aware that they should receive a rehabilitation decision, either from the competent judge or by the force of the law, before they receive a non-conviction certificate. We are happy to provide support for the Ministry of Justice, as they debate exactly what the right measures to help rehabilitation might be”.

Measures discussed at the workshop include circumstances under which a criminal record might be wiped clean, the appropriate period that a criminal conviction should appear on someone’s record, ICT requirements for storing the data of convicts and support that the authorities might be able to provide in order to promote rehabilitation.

The workshop was attended by representatives of the High Judicial Council, the Public Prosecution, and the Security Forces Judiciary.