The Ministry of Justice became last week the first Japanese central government agency to employ a minor on probation as a part-timer. The decision was made to encourage private firms to hire probationers and parolees to help their rehabilitation and prevent them for committing other crimes.
The ministry intends to keep the part-timer minor employed for up to six months and to help him at the same find a job elsewhere, according to Kyodo news agency.
The minor’s salary will be around Y100,000 ($1,000) per month if he will work four days a week. He will work as an administrative assistant and his duties will include filing paperwork and answering phone calls.
If he finds a job, the ministry will employ another minor on probation to continue the practice. The vacant seat is limited, however, to only one person at a time.
Government data from 2012 revealed that 27.2% of probationers or parolees who re-offended were unemployed, while only 7.2% were holding jobs, according to the local press.
In April 2012 there were 9,950 private companies registered as willing to hire individuals released from incarceration, an increase of 600 from the year before.