Posted 16 февраля, 06:27

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The initiative of the day: The Supreme Court demanded to put the accused in prison less often

The initiative of the day: The Supreme Court demanded to put the accused in prison less often

16 февраля 2023, 06:27
At a meeting of judges in Moscow, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation Vladimir Davydov demanded that the chairmen of regional courts give an explanation by March 1 why more than a third (more than 35%) of criminal defendants are sent to jail.

The Supreme Court was alarmed by the law enforcement practice of excessive cruelty and repressiveness of the criminal law, as a result of which a significant part of citizens are sentenced to real terms of imprisonment. The Supreme Court called on representatives of regional courts to humanize justice.

Given the huge number of the country's prison population, which does not meet the practice of civilized countries, Davydov called on the courts to "change approaches to law enforcement."

According to the Supreme Court, over the past year, the share of minor crimes has increased from 20% to half of the total mass, and the number of people sentenced to imprisonment in the country has not decreased: on the contrary, it has even increased by 1.6%.

According to Kommersant, the worst indicators of humanity were recorded in the Saratov region, where 41.2% of all convicts were sentenced to real imprisonment, 41% in Tula, and 37.9% in Moscow. Meanwhile, in Dagestan and Chechnya, only 15-16% of convicts are sent to prison.

According to the Supreme Court, such a difference in law enforcement contradicts the constitutional principle of equality of all before the law and the court. The Supreme Court called on the heads of courts to analyze their subjective position and "take action." If the region sends more than 30% of the accused to the bunks in 2023, the federal center will pay particularly close attention to it, explanations will be demanded from excessively cruel judges.

"We can't let you down from Moscow has a plan for the types of punishment. But if the national average is 20%, and you have 40%, you probably need to think that something is wrong," the deputy chairman of the Supreme Court told the judges.

The Supreme Court pointed out that humanization should concern not only sentences, but also the election of a preventive measure: it should not unnecessarily place those under investigation in a pre-trial detention center.