Russian lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow inmates with young children to go home during school vacations, among other measures softening their punishment.
The bill, prepared and drafted by the government, includes a set of amendments to the criminal and procedure codes introducing various benefits for female inmates who are serving time and who have children under the age of 14. Male inmates would have the right to the benefits only if they raise their children alone. The amendments do not apply to those convicted of terrorism and crimes against minors.
The draft proposes that those who meet the requirements be allowed four periods of home leave per year, on condition that each home stay does not exceed 15 days (plus the time of travel between the penal colony and home). Inmates would also be granted short-time leave outside the colony for a walk with their children during the holidays.