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Penitentiary stress and release preparation program for Georgian prisoners.

Mariam Antadze

In Georgia during recent years the number of prison population has drastically increased. After the United States and Russia, Georgia has one of the world’s largest prison populations, with around 400 prisoners per 100 000 of population. In addition to overcrowding and living condition related problems,ill treatment and abuse of prisoners still remains an issue of concern.

Incarceration often builds fear; anger, aggression, low self-esteem and feelings worthlessness among prisoners, also big number of prisoners return to impoverished families and communities and are faced with difficulties in the process of reintegration. In order to ease reentry into community GCRT is implementing a pilot release preparation project oriented towards humane treatment of inmates both inside prison and supporting them after release; The overall aim of the program is to change the existing punitive approach in penitentiary system to more humane and recidivism reduction oriented philosophy, while strengthening and promoting human rights and providing maximal opportunities to prisoners. The presentation will discuss penitentiary stress and its long-term negative consequences among Georgian prisoners, as well as the program for release preparation of prisoners – its achievements and existing barriers.

ISSHR Conference, 6- 8 October 2011, Tbilissi, Georgia.
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Mariam Antadze

After graduating with a degree in International Law, Mariam went to the US and received a Bachelor degree in Forensic Psychology from the John Fay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY.

After working as a Psychologist at the GIP's project "Family and Child care centrer" offering free qualified psycho-social service to children, adolescents and their families suffering from behavioral and emotional problems , she has been working at the Georgian Centre for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitaion of Torture Victims.

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