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Reforming Criminal Justice: Georgians take a four-day whistle-stop tour of Essex Probation

Posted: 6th November 2013 by Essex CRC.
Georgian visitors pose for a photo outside Chelmsford Crown Court
Georgian visitors pose for a photo outside Chelmsford Crown Court

A Criminal Justice delegation from the Republic of Georgia visited Essex in October:

Lead by Grigol Giorgadze, Deputy Minister in Georgia’s Ministry of Corrections, delegates came to look at Essex Probation’s strategy planning and implementation; staff development; assessment, planning and interventions with offenders, and administrative and legal reforms.

A packed four-day programme provided a whistle-stop tour of the wide range of Probation’s work.

The Georgian Probation system was set up in 2001. The Deputy Minister, the Head and Deputy Head of Probation were accompanied by probation practitioners, lawyers and social workers – part of an EU-funded project to support the reform of the Georgian Criminal Justice system.

“There is absolutely no doubt that the future direction of Probation in Georgia will be strongly influenced by the methods and systems used in Essex,” said the leader of the EU project, Randel Barrows.

“We were delighted to host this interesting and committed group,” said Mary Archer, Chief Executive. “One of the Georgian visitors is coming back for a more detailed look at how we do the job,” she said.