Minister of Justice, Etilda Gjonaj has stated that 2018 will be the year of major reforms in the penitentiary system.

Gjonaj said that after updating the selection process of new leaders for Institutions Executing Criminal Decisions (IECD), the recruitment process for prison staff will also be amended to include provisions for all potential candidates to be vetted.

"Great work is being done to redesign the penitentiary system through structural and legal reform.

"These laws will regulate the processes of recruitment, transfers retirement and dismissals of prison officers, ending political interference and enabling special employment status for prison police officers." said Minister Gjonaj.

Present at the annual meeting to conduct an analysis on the General Directorate of Prisons, Gjonaj announced that she is seeking results from the new prison leaders.

The Minister of Justice once again reiterated the tasks they must fulfill in their three-month probation periods.

Such tasks relate to security in prisons, the fight against corruption amongst staff of institutions, as well as those regarding treatment of convicts.

The Minister also paid special attention to the implementation of the General Regulation on Prisons, stressing that the respect and implementation of this document will be the direct responsibility of the Directors of Prisons.

The General Director of the Prison Directory, Arben Çuko and 24 directors of the IECD were present at the meeting for the annual analysis of work by the General Directorate of Prisons.