Plans to close Latvia's only youth correctional center

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It is planned to close the only juvenile social correction center in Latvia 'Naukšēni' as efforts to improve the work of this institution have not been successful, Minister for Education Anita Muižniece said after the coalition meeting on Monday, May 30.

The Minister said that, following the detection of various offenses, the center has been working on capacity building for a long time, but all efforts to improve the institution's work to suit children's interests have failed. “[The closure] is decided on for the safety of employees and children,” explained Mujazniece.

The minister said the Ministry of Education and Science will prepare a report for the government, which will specify alternative social adjustment opportunities for young people who often enter conflict situations. The first task will be to provide that young people are no longer admitted to this body by law. Work should be done in parallel with municipalities, strengthening the capacity of responsible services.

“Alternatives are in mind, but let us talk about them when the report is drawn up,” the Minister said.

There are currently 11 children in the social correction center. Minors aged 11 to 18 end up at 'Naukšēni' based on a court decision.

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