Assessment of Penal Legislation in Georgia

This report, organized by Penal Reform International on request of the EC Delegation to Georgia suggests that, in spite of numerous actions undertaken by the government changes and indications of the readiness of Georgian authorities to enhance penal legislation and policies, the sphere has retained significant problems and systemic shortcomings. Below key areas of concern are listed which relate to three main areas: law making in general, criminal law and procedure, execution of imprisonment and probation.

Attitudes of Georgia's Population Towards Crime and Penal Policy

This report, organized by Penal Reform International, had the following goals: to obtain truthful and objective information about the attitudes of the Georgian population towards crime and penal policy; to determine the residents’ general sense of security in Georgia and the main spheres to which the fears of the public are related; to determine public awareness of the state penal policy and the principles of sentencing; to analyze to which extent the state penal policy corresponds to the public perception of justice or whether the penal policy in Georgia offends the sense of justice; to determine public attitudes towards alternative forms of punishment and to analyze public expectations regarding the introduction of alternative forms of punishment; to analyze public attitude regarding early parole of inmatesbation.

Life Imprisonment and Conditions of Serving the Sentence in the South Caucasus Countries

This report, produced by Penal Reform International, reports on the project of monitoring the conditions of prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment. Per PRI, "it is well known that prisoners serving long‐term or life sentences often experience differential treatment and worse conditions of detention compared to other categories of prisoners. In South Caucasus countries where the criminal justice institutions are in continuous development and the resources are far from comparable with European countries, the difficulties associated with lifetime prisoner’s prison conditions and rights are serious ones." Part of this report addresses prisoners in Georgia.

Corruption & Fraud

Anti-Corruption Practitioners Network - Country Overview

Part of the United Nations Development Programme, this network overview presents information on Georgia's anti-corruption institutions, anti-corruption strategy, and anti-corruption legal framework. Also available are links to related documents.

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) - Council of Europe
GRECO evaluation procedures involve the collection of information through questionnaire(s), on-site country visits enabling evaluation teams to solicit further information during high-level discussions with domestic key players, and drafting of evaluation reports. These reports, which are examined and adopted by GRECO, contain recommendations to the evaluated countries in order to improve their level of compliance with the provisions under consideration. Measures taken to implement recommendations are subsequently assessed by GRECO under a separate compliance procedure.

Drugs & Alcohol

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) - Country Overview

This overview presents a comprehensive overview of the drugs situation in Georgia. Topics covered in the country overview include: drug use among the general population and young people, prevention, problem drug use, treatment demand, drug-related infectious diseases, drug-related deaths, treatment responses, harm reduction responses, drug markets and drug-related offences, national drug laws, national drug strategy, coordination mechanism in the field of drugs and drug-related research. Also included in the country report are key statistics on the drug situation and a barometer that indicates the prevalence profile and relative rating of the country.

Georgia 2004 - Country Fact Sheet, Eurasian Narcotics

This site provides information about drug production and smuggling and counter-narcotics efforts of Georgia.

Human Rights

Annual Reports to Congress on Human Rights Practices - Georgia
These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, to the U.S. Congress. The law provides that the Secretary of State shall transmit a "full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights, within the meaning of subsection (A) in countries that receive assistance under this part, and (B) in all other foreign countries which are members of the United Nations and which are not otherwise the subject of a human rights report under this Act." Reports on several countries are included that do not fall into the categories established by these statutes and that thus are not covered by the congressional requirement. The reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Univeral Declaration of Human Rights. (website).

Annual Reports to Congress on International Religious Freedom - Georgia
These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, describe the status of religious freedom in Georgia, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (website).

Research & Statistics

Crime Justice Statistics

This page includes information on crimes reported. It is also has multiple reports available for download.

Statistical Yearbook of Georgia
The present publication is the most complete edition issued by the Department for Statistics. The Statistical Yearbook of Georgia contains a larger amount of the statistics, produced in Georgia, in a concentrated form. The information presented here reflects the current processes characterizing economic and social life of Georgia. The Yearbook has been prepared on the basis of the data obtained through the Department for Statistics' current statistical surveys and censuses. Apart from this, additional statistics was provided by various administrative bodies of the country, such as Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, the National Bank of Georgia, etc (website).