On April 12, 2017, the Department of Penitentiary Institutions from Moldova institutionalized by its General Director Decision the Intervention Programme for reduction of criminal behaviour of adolescents at risk, developed by Terre des hommes with the expertise support of Mihaela Sasarman and Andrei Chişcu (Romania).
The programme is designed for young people aged 15-18 years who have committed crimes, including children who were sentenced to imprisonment. The programme aims to change the behaviour of these young people, by helping them to adopt a pro-social life, to manage emotions, reduce violence, and it also includes other topics that would facilitate and encourage socially acceptable behaviour.
Thus, the programme, which contains about 20 themes, will be applied in the Moldovan penitenciary for juveniles (Penitenciary no. 10 from Goian village) and in detention facilities where minors are detained. Iuliana Curea-Adam, the Head of the Department for Educational Activities, Psychology and Social Work at the Department of Penitentiary Institutions, noted that the programme is extremely necesssary and responds to emotional and behavioural needs of teenagers who come to experience the prison.
“It is a pioneering programme for the penitentiary system and we expect that through these activities we can reduce the risk of recurrence of these children and lead them to choose a non-criminal lifestyle, once they go out to freedom,” mentioned Mrs.Curea-Adam.
Earlier, during 2016, Terre des hommes Moldova held an intensive course to train probation officers and psychologists of the penitenciary for juveniles on the implementation of this programme. Subsequently, since September 2016, the programme was piloted in the penitenciary for juveniles and currently the piloting process is ongoing for juveniles from the Orhei district, which are beneficiaries of probation.