Going Dutch: Netherlands runs short of inmates

Apr 11th, 2014 | By | Category: 'Overcrowding', Paco's Podium, Spotlight
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“We’re studying what the reason for the decline is”

In the Dutch prison system, there are now more staff than inmates.  Perhaps Governor Brown can export excess cons there.

In the Dutch prison system, there are now more staff than inmates. Perhaps Governor Brown can export excess cons there. (ZOOM image)

Dutch prisons hit by prisoner shortage

The Age

The Dutch government is facing an unusual crisis: prison undercrowding.

There are now more guards and other prison staff than prisoners in the Netherlands for the first time, according to data released by the Justice Ministry on Friday.

Crime rates have fallen slightly in recent years, but aren’t notably lower in the Netherlands than in neighbouring countries, and many Dutch people think sentences for violent offenders are too light.

In 2008, there were more than 15,000 inmates. As of March of this year, there were just 9710 remaining, compared with 9914 guards…

Justice Ministry spokesman Jochgem van Opstal says “we’re studying what the reason for the decline is…”(Full text at The Age)

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4 Comments to “Going Dutch: Netherlands runs short of inmates”

  1. kl2008a says:

    One thing not mentioned in the story is what the size or capacity is of their joints (oops, forgot this is Holland where their joints are legal) and staffing ratio. 6-1 (as CDC’s ratio) may say much if they have a lot of small prisons. Does CDC reduce their base staffing just because some beds aren’t full?

  2. Bob Walsh says:

    California should be able to teach them how to nurture and generate more criminals. We seem to be good at it.

  3. Gadfly says:

    That is a great photo!

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