Lack of criminals forces Netherlands to close prisons

DECCAN CHRONICLE | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jun 18, 2015, 6:19 pm IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 8:17 pm IST
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Netherlands: Netherlands is on the verge of closing eight prisons because of a lack of criminals, the Dutch justice ministry has announced.

Declining crime rates in the Netherlands mean that although the country has the capacity for 14,000 prisoners, there are only 12,000 detainees, reported the nrc.nl.

The decrease is expected to continue, the ministry said, with Deputy justice minister Nebahat Albayrak saying that natural redundancy and other measures should counter any forced lay-offs, as reported by The Huffington Post.

The Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA), which represents more than 60 organisations, called for the government to urgently limit "the unnecessary use of prison, ensuring it is reserved for serious, persistent and violent offenders for whom no alternative sanction is appropriate".

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