Law of Ukraine
On State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine

Date of entry into force:
July 20, 2005

The Law determines legal basis of organization and activity of State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine, its tasks and authorities. The State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine shall fulfill the task of reinforcement of single state policy in the sphere of reinforcement of criminal sentences.

The legal basis for the State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine includes Constitution of Ukraine, this and other laws of Ukraine, acts of the President of Ukraine and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, current international agreements, agreement for obligatoriness of which is given by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and also normative and legal acts of the central executive power body on issues of reinforcement of sentences issued to according to them. The activity of the State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine is conducted on the basis of observing rights and freedoms of a person and citizen. Personnel of the State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine must respect persons dignity and treat people with humanity.

According to the law, the State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine performs law enforcement functions and consists of the central executive power body on issues of reinforcement of sentences with special status, its territorial management bodies, criminal-execution inspection, institutions for reinforcement of sentences, detention facility, militarized formations, educational institutions, healthcare institutions, companies of the institutions for reinforcement of sentences, other enterprises, institutions and organizations created for ensuring fulfillment of tasks of the State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine. The total quantity of the personnel of the State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine, which is maintained at the expense of the State Budget of Ukraine, shall be determined according to the law.

The central executive power body on issues of reinforcement of sentences is created, re-organized and liquidated by the President of Ukraine upon submission of the Prime Minister of Ukraine. The central executive power body on issues of reinforcement of sentences reinforces single state policy in the sphere of reinforcement of criminal sentences, direct, coordinates and controls the activity of the State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine; issues orders within the framework of its competence and organizes and controls their fulfillment.

Criminal-execution inspection is a body, which reinforces sentence in the form of depriving of the right to hold certain positions or be involved in certain activity, community service, correctional work and performs control over behavior of people released from serving sentence on probation or on parole and also pregnant women and women who have children under 3 years of age released from serving a sentence. The Criminal-Execution Inspection performs functions and authorities stipulated by the law and other normative and legal acts.

The enterprises of the institutions for reinforcement of sentence are special government enterprise, which conduct non-commercial economic activity without the objective of receiving profits for ensuring professional technical education of the convicts and involving them in work.

The personnel of the State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine includes enlisted and officers (hereinafter referred to as enlisted and officers in criminal-executive service), specialists that have no ranks and other employees working on the basis of labor agreements in the State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine. Service in the State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine is public service of special type, which lies in professional activity of citizens of Ukraine suitable for it by condition of health and age. The period of service in the State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine is included to the insurance record, work record by specialty and also record of public service according to the law.

The enlisted and officers in criminal-executive service and employees of the service cannot be members of political parties. The enlisted and officers in criminal-executive service and employees of the service can be members of non-government organizations, statute provisions of which do not contradict to the basis of activity of the Persons of average and managerial positions in criminal-executive service and can take part in their work in the time free from fulfillment of their duties. Organization by the enlisted and officers in criminal-executive service and employees of the service of strikes and participation in them is prohibited.

During reinforcement of criminal sentences and within the limits of the authorities determined by this Law, the enlisted and officers in criminal-executive service have the right to use physical force, use military working dogs and also keep, carry special equipment and weapons, use them independently or as a part of sub-divisions in accordance with the procedure and in cases stipulated by the Criminal-Execution Code of Ukraine, Law of Ukraine On Militia and other laws of Ukraine.

The enlisted and officers in criminal-executive service are given special identification cards and also corresponding badges. Legal requirements and instructions of officials of the State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine are mandatory for fulfillment. Non-fulfillment of legal demands and instructions of these officials and interference with their activity shall result into responsibility stipulated by the law.

Financing of the activity of the State Criminal-Executive Service of Ukraine is performed at the expense of the funds of the State Budget of Ukraine and other sources stipulated by the law. Institutions for reinforcement of sentences and detention facility, where according to the Criminal-Execution Code of Ukraine and Law of Ukraine On Preliminary Imprisonment the convicts and detained persons are involved in socially useful work, direct profits received from the activity of these institutions and detention facility to financing of their activity.


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