MINSK, 21 March (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko raised the problem of recidivism among the unemployed at the meeting with Belarus' security, defense and law enforcement officials on 21 March, BelTA has learned.
“We see a large number of grave crimes committed by persons who had a prior arrest record. Recidivism is particularly common among those who served a jail sentence. Here, too, we need to take tougher action against them. Some of them are granted early release, some serve their sentence in full. When they are out of jail, they go back to their old wicked ways. I want to reiterate: a jobless person is a potential criminal. The measures that we take to place them into jobs are insufficient,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The president noted that it is necessary to pay close attention to people who have no jobs. How do they provide for themselves? “If a person doesn't work, where does he/she take money for a living? It is clear where,” the head of state remarked.