Netherlands to close prisons for lack of criminals

empty-jail-cell(NRC INTERNATIONAL)   The Dutch justice ministry has announced it will close eight prisons and cut 1,200 jobs in the prison system. A decline in crime has left many cells empty.

During the 1990s the Netherlands faced a shortage of prison cells, but a decline in crime has since led to overcapacity in the prison system. The country now has capacity for 14,000 prisoners but only 12,000 detainees.

Deputy Justice Minister Nebahat Albayrak announced on Tuesday that eight prisons will be closed, resulting in the loss of 1,200 jobs. Natural redundancy and other measures should prevent any forced lay-offs, the minister said.

The overcapacity is a result of the declining crime rate, which the ministry’s research department expects to continue for some time.

Belgian prisoners
Some reprieve might come from a deal with Belgium, which is facing overpopulation in its prisons. The two countries are working out an agreement to house Belgian prisoners in Dutch prisons. Some 500 Belgian prisoners could be transferred to the Tilburg prison by 2010.

The Netherlands would get 30 million euros in the deal, and it will allow the closing of the prisons in Rotterdam and Veenhuizen to be postponed until 2012.

http://www.radionetherlands.nl/currentaffairs/090520-Dutch-prison-closures

3 Responses to Netherlands to close prisons for lack of criminals

  • I bet they don’t have any gun laws either.

  • ACTUALLY THEY HAVE WORSE GUN LAWS. THERE ARE NONE. EXCEPT FOR THE MILITARY AND POLICE. AND WHATS WORSE YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DEFEND YOURSELF IN A FIGHT, IF YOU DO, YOU ARE GUILTY AS THE GUY THAT ATTACKED YOU. I KNOW THIS BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN IN AMSTERDAM, MULTIPLE TIMES, AND I ASKED A COP ONE DAY ABOUT THIS SUCH TOPIC AND HE WAS KIND ENOUGH TO ENGAGE ME IN CONVO FOR 10 MINS TELLING ME ALL ABOUT IT. IT PAYS TO OFFER A CUP OF COFFEE TOO, LOL, BUT HE WAS WILLING TO TELL ME ALL I WANTED TO KNOW. BUT I CAN SAY THAT THE NETHERLANDS DOES HAVE A MUCH LOWER CRIME PROBLEM. WE HAVE CITIES IN THIS COUNTRY AN 1/8 THE SIZE OF AMSTERDAM AND WITH 10 TIMES THE CRIME. ITS BECAUSE OF THE PROGRAMS TO HELP THE HOMELESS AND THE ADDICTED, UNLIKE HERE WHERE WE JUST SPIT ON THEM AND LOCK EM UP FOREVER BECAUSE PROFITS ARE MADE. BUT THE GUN LAW THING AND THE SELF DEFENSE THING IS BULLSHIT. THATS PART OF THE EUROPEAN UNION BULLSHIT.

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