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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 // 9 months ago
October 10, 2013

Nearly thirty-year sentence handed down to former mayor of Detroit

  • 28 years in prison will be served by former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, following his conviction on two dozen charges that include bribery and wire fraud. Kilpatrick has been in custody since his conviction earlier this year, and is expected to appeal the sentence. source
14:42 // 9 months ago
August 29, 2013
I’ve never seen the internet in person. I was locked up in 1997. CDs were a big deal. I knew the internet was called the information superhighway for a reason, but I had no idea how connected society really is through the internet. … If you had asked me what a URL was, I would have just looked at you. —Tommy Winfrey, 35, serving 25 years to life; entered prison in 1997
The Internet Explained By Prisoners Who Have Never Seen It - BuzzFeed (via brooklynmutt)

What seems essential to so many people outside is a purely abstract thing inside.

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May 2, 2013

Dozens still awaiting transfer as Guantanamo Bay hunger strike continues

  • 56 Yemeni nationals are still incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay after being cleared for transfer back home, thanks to a suspension of transfer to Yemen following the failed 2009 Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253.
  • 86 detainees currently await transfer out of Guantanamo Bay in total, leaving just 80 detainees which the government believes deserve to remain incarcerated in the facility. The U.S. military blames the back-up on congressional bickering, though WashPo notes the department responsible for organizing transfers has been noticeably declining in quality for more than a year.
  • 100 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been taking part in a hunger strike which began in February, protesting the continued detention of dozens of those cleared for transfer as well as alleged mistreatment by guards and other prison personnel. 23 are now being force-fed, with doctors prescribing “enteral feeds” for any inmate that drops below 85 percent of their healthy body weight.  source
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