Source: (2010) In, Melinda Gyokos and Krisztina Lanyi, eds., European best practices of restorative justice in criminal Procedure. Budapest: Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement, Republic of Hungary.pp. 209-212.

The criminal policy in Slovakia, just line in other countries, places stress on the reformative, educational function of punishment. Furthermore, emphasis is placed on the humanisation of the prison system and on the reduction of the use of imprisonment as a punishment. The institutions of probation and mediation occupy a unique position both in the field of criminal law and of crime prevention in Slovakia. We believe that imprisonment should only be ordered in the cases where no other type of punishment can be imposed due to the gravity of the criminal offence or because the person of the offender renders it necessary. This approach may bring with it not only unambiguous economic advantages, butalso an individual approach may be applied to the offender and so the chances of real change are enhanced. Alternative punishments are applied on the basis of the concept of restorative justice. (excerpt)

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