Slovenian prisons are short of 15% of prison guards.

Ljubljana – Prisons are short of more than 100 prison officers to meet security standards. This problem is exacerbated by low wages and low interest in this career. Justice Ministry data shows that the Prison Service employs 554 of her prison officers and 16 of her candidates, while the 2018 staffing standards call for him to need 672.

There are currently 29 job advertisements for new prison officers, but not all vacancies are usually filled. To attract and motivate potential candidates, the Prison Service reaches out to them through presentations at various career fairs.

The shortage of prison guards is also a problem when inmates must be escorted to extra-prison facilities such as courts.

Because prisons help each other, and so do prison administration police staff, escorts often have to be canceled, albeit as a last resort.

Last year, prison officers took inmates to various facilities about 10,900 times and to court about 4,350 times, according to a 2021 report from the Bureau of Prisons Administration.

During that time, a total of 456 escorts were canceled, a 17% increase from 2020. The highest number he recorded in 2019 was 707.

In the absence of the possibility of securing a prison officer, prisoners participate in court proceedings via video link.

This option has been greatly facilitated by the latest changes to the Code of Criminal Procedure, with 188 videoconferences taking place last year.

“We have made great strides in this area by equipping all prisons, except for open wards, with the latest telecommunications systems. told STA.

The shortage of prison guards has been partially addressed in a bill proposed by the opposition Democratic Party (SDS) to change the law on the enforcement of criminal sanctions. Legislative proceedings.

The bill provides a systematic legal basis for measures necessary to prevent the spread of contagious diseases and for emergency situations such as incidents that may lead to increased security conditions in prisons. Also, new rules regarding salaries will be introduced as the workload increases.

While the bill also provides a legal basis for linking criminal records with SPOT sites that enable electronic communication with state agencies, the department will ensure a comprehensive review of criminal records IT systems. In order to do so, it is necessary to supplement this provision.

Another major problem facing Slovenian prisons since 2005 is overcrowding. The government plans to address this problem by building a new men’s prison in Dobrunie, a suburb of Ljubljana, and renovating a women’s prison in Ig. Slovenian prisons are short of 15% of prison guards.

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