Kazakh Leaders Examine Prison Reform and Alternatives to Incarceration During St. Louis Visit

Visitors meet with staff at the St. Louis County Prosecutors office.
Kazakh visitors tour the St. Louis County Justice Center
Criminal justice experts from Kazakhstan visited the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific, MO.

Open World Leadership Center, a legislative branch agency, coordinated the visit of a  delegation of Kazakh Criminal Justice Professionals to St. Louis, MO from September 14-22, 2018. While in St. Louis, Open World delegates were hosted by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis.

The delegation of five included Mr. Aleksandr Terenya (Head of Probation Service, Committee of the Criminal-Executive System of the Ministry of Internal Affairs), Mr. Beibit Nurzhan (Judge, Astana City – District Court #2), Mr. Berik Bakulin (Deputy Head of Probation Service Management – Committee of the Criminal-Executive System of the Ministry of Internal Affairs), Mr. Ramazan Khassenov (Judge, North Kazakhstan Regional Court), and Mr. Shynggys Alekeshev (Assistant to the Prosecutor General, Prosecutor General’s Office). The group was accompanied by Ms. Zhanna Toktarova a bicultural facilitator, and Mrs. Irina Bronstein LaRose, a bilingual translator.

Prior to their arrival in St. Louis, delegates completed an orientation in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill. Delegates had policy meetings with several Members of Congress including staff for Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri.

In St. Louis, delegates collaborated on best practices for Prison Reform and Alternatives to Incarceration. Delegates met staff of Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, and local leaders in the St. Louis, Metro Area. Additional activities include Prison Performing Arts, Lindenwood University, St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office, and St. Louis County Court. The delegation stayed in the homes of local residents, serving as hospitality hosts.

More than 27,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in an Open World exchange program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

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