Monday, January 09, 2012

Netherlands to Close Prisons for Lack of Criminals: Don't Tell the Yankies

Netherlands to close prisons for lack of criminals

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 five-hundred 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.


Anonymous said...

Mr Al Delaema’s own account of his time in a US jail was recently published in the book State Secret (Staatsgeheim) by Dutch journalist Sander Kuypers. The terror suspect says he was held in solitary confinement with no daylight for six months and frequently denied clothing or blankets, despite low winter temperatures in his cell. The fire alarm was often sounded at night to prevent him sleeping, and guards spat or put broken glass in his food. The author claims the Dutch authorities were aware at the time of the conditions in which Mr Al Delaema was being detained.

Anonymous said...

No other rich country is nearly as punitive as the Land of the Free. The rate of incarceration is a fifth of America's level in Britain, a ninth in Germany and a twelfth in Japan.

Himself said...

Heaven forbid that the case of Julian Assange gets to the point where he has to appeal to European Court of Human rights.

But should it get that far, then Assange's best defence will be to highlight exactly what the US Justice System realistically represents.

Plus the fact, Europeans and European courts aren't possessed of the same vindictiveness that seems to be inherent in most of America.

Indeed, 5% of the world's population, 25% of the world's prisoners.

Much lies in the problem that all pols and judges are subject to election re-election and are done so at the cost of proper justice.

But they are insane and so vindictive, your lobstermen being a perfect example.

To be caught by law enforcement taking a pee down an alley, means your life is effectively over. The unfortunate schmuck is placed on the sex offenders register and from then on the only place he can live is under a bridge.

Assuming of course that the bridge isn't within 2500 feet of where children might congregate.

And they call that justice!

A quick search for - sex offender bridge 2500 ft,8599,1957778,00.html

Anonymous said...

New lease of life for old Dutch buildings.

Himself said...

Interesting, but it wouldn't suit everybody.

Deja vu.

Anonymous said...

Norma Richards said...

Can you imagine that? Oh what we wouldn't give to live in a world where that has become true for all of civilization. For now, we can get nearest to the possibilities it provides by helping out the innocent and not so guilty from having to be cogged in a machinery of constraint.

Norma Richards @ Just Bail Bonds