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October 13, 2013
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Netherlands Close Eight Prisons Due To Lack Of Criminals

As prison populations surge in the UK, with overcrowded cells and repeat offenders, the opposite is happening in the Netherlands.
The country is actually to close 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.
A report last year on prison overcrowding in the UK said that surging populations undermined the rehabilitation of prisoners and risked increasing reoffending in the future.
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”.
It came after Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said the rising pressure on prisons from budget cuts and increasing numbers cannot go on indefinitely.  [x]
(photo source)


That photo up there is for real. A prison was turned into a luxury hotel. Also, nearby, the Scandinavian prison model is receiving praise on a popular Atlantic article. 

positive-press-daily:

Netherlands Close Eight Prisons Due To Lack Of Criminals

As prison populations surge in the UK, with overcrowded cells and repeat offenders, the opposite is happening in the Netherlands.

The country is actually to close 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.

A report last year on prison overcrowding in the UK said that surging populations undermined the rehabilitation of prisoners and risked increasing reoffending in the future.

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”.

It came after Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said the rising pressure on prisons from budget cuts and increasing numbers cannot go on indefinitely.  [x]

(photo source)

That photo up there is for real. A prison was turned into a luxury hotel. Also, nearby, the Scandinavian prison model is receiving praise on a popular Atlantic article. 

(via exclusively-positive-press)

13:27 // 6 months ago
April 14, 2013
synecdoche:

justin bieber is my favorite person in the entire world

People are pretty angry about that last line.

synecdoche:

justin bieber is my favorite person in the entire world

People are pretty angry about that last line.

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15:03 // 1 year ago
November 29, 2012
16:45 // 1 year ago
September 12, 2012
This is a strong boost for the agenda that we have laid out for the Netherlands, to go on with our policy in this splendid country.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte • Discussing his party’s electoral victory early Thursday morning. The conservative VVD party held a plurality of the country’s 150-seat parliament, holding 41 seats, two more than its closest rival, the Labor party. The election, largely seen as a referendum on the debt crisis, also proved to be a bellwether of far-right influence, with anti-Islamic politician Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party losing a third of its 24 seats. Meanwhile, the anti-austerity Socialist party kept steady at 15 seats.
22:25 // 1 year ago
May 30, 2012
It is important in our view that those responsible for criminal misconduct on a massive scale are not given a volume discount.
Prosecutor Brenda Hollis • Discussing why it was likely that she would appeal the decision by the Special Court for Sierra Leone to sentence former Liberian leader Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison for war crimes charges. (Hollis had wanted an 80-year sentence.) Taylor’s lawyers also plan to appeal. One point to be made here — Taylor is the first former head of state since World War II to be convicted of war crimes, and as a result, the court had no frame of reference in sentencing him. (edit for correction)
10:08 // 1 year ago
March 3, 2011

Dutch helicopter crew captured by Libyan (well, Gaddafi’s) forces

  • cause Three Flying Dutchmen (sorry), attempting to rescue Europeans stuck in the country, were captured by Libyan forces last Sunday – the first sign of Libyan forces going after Westerners.
  • reaction The Dutch government has actually kept this story under wraps; it didn’t break until a newspaper discovered it. There’s a fear the Libyan government might use the pilots as propaganda tools. source
10:06 // 3 years ago