Holland considers closing its deserted prisons

Holland considers closing its deserted prisons
West, by by Ivano Abbadessa
21.07.16

The Netherlands’ prisons are half empty or deserted and now a document from the Ministry of Justice has proposed to close eight of them by 2021. Two factors underpin a phenomenon that, for countries like Italy, is just a dream. First is the sharp decline in the crime rate: down 27 per cent over the past six years. The second is the widespread use of alternatives to custodial penalties for convictions for minor offences.

Hence the recommendation from the Dutch prisons authority, which has in the past addressed the ‘problem’ of empty prisons, coming up with a different solution. For example, it proposed the idea of hiring out empty prison cells to countries such as Belgium and Norway, which are facing overcrowding in their prisons.