More prisons will close in the Netherlands, due to falling crime rate

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In recent years, in an effort not to fire prison officials due to the ongoing prison reforms, the Netherlands has leased prison cells to house inmates from Norway, with a group of 242 prisoners being transferred to Dutch jails in 2015.

Socialist Party MP Nine Kooiman criticized the prison reform saying that in reality criminal activity in the Netherlands is not decreasing. “If this cabinet was really working to catch crooks, we wouldn’t have this problem of empty cells,” she had said.


Five more prisons will close in the next few years in the Netherlands, as crime rate continuously falls in the recent years and the government wants to reduce prison system’s operating costs.

The announcement was made by the Dutch Justice Minister, Ard van der Steur who has told the parliament that the government wants to cut the costs of maintaining hundreds of empty cells. The Minister didn’t give details about the prison reforms but the Dutch News website cited Dutch daily, The Telegraaf, ...


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