The publication has been produced by Rehabilitation Initiative of Vulnerable Groups (Author: Natalia
Tsagareli) within the framework of the EU funded project “Monitoring Government’s Commitments and
Promoting Penal Reforms through the Engagement of CSOs” which is implemented by Penal Reform
International South Caucasus Regional Office.
Contact with the outside world is of great importance to the accused and convicted person. Being in a closed
institution is intrinsically inconvenient and is related to psychological difficulties, penitentiary stress. Most of
the accused/convicted persons find it difficult to adapt to the closed space, adapt to the routine of the penitentiary
establishment, and therefore their complete isolation is inadmissible and maintaining the connection with
the outside world is of great importance in this process. In order to ensure that the accused/convicted person
retains contact with the family and the outside world and easily reintegrates into the society after leaving the
establishment, the use of various forms and means of contact is especially important. Below we will review international
standards and national legislation regarding the contact with the outside world, and summarize the
assessments made by the Public Defender of Georgia about the challenges in relation to the communication
of the accused/convicted persons with the outside world.
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