Dozens of convicted criminals are still receiving benefits, despite having an outstanding prison sentence against their names, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research. The police and judiciary can't find them to arrest them, but social services and benefits agency UWV know how to find them to pay their benefits, the broadcaster writes.
Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is considering taking DNA samples from some suspects before they are convicted. This almost always involves suspects with no known address, or with an address abroad, the Minister wrote in a letter to parliament, NOS reports.
The Dutch probation service no longer wants to work with convicts who are guilty of death threats, or who are themselves threatened with death. The service's employees don't feel safe at their jobs. "I do not want to run the risk that our probation officers are shot at", chairman Sjef van Gennip said to the Volkskrant.
The risk of a sex crime convict committing a sex crime again is not well estimated in the Netherlands, Corinne Dettmeijer, the Netherlands' National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence Against Children, said based on a report published on Sunday. According to her, there is a proper international method available to assess the risk of recurrence, and the Netherlands should consider implementing it, ANP reports.
A woman charged with trying to steal jewelry from hundreds of retirement homes was sentenced on Tuesday to two and a half years in prison, with ten months probation. The court in Almelo also ordered the woman to pay 45,000 euros in damages to the dozens of elderly victims she is accused of robbed.