On Monday the Dutch police distributed calendars with information of 52 cold cases to prisoners in five prisons. They hope that the prisoners will have information that can lead to new insights in the unsolved cases, the police announced on their website.
The Netherlands will not take prisoners from controversial American prison Guantanamo Bay unless more is done to reduce, or eventually close the facility, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders emphasized on Thursday. Almost nothing meaningful has been done by the U.S. to move in that direction, he said of the facility on the island of Cuba.
The last 75 inmates in the Bijlmerbajes prison in Amsterdam were taken to their new home in Zaandam by bus on Wednesday. The Amsterdam prison is now empty and ready for demolition.
Prisoners were evacuated from a wing in the prison in Zwaag, Noord-Holland after a fire broke out in one of the cells during the early hours of Thursday morning. The prisoner staying in the cell where the fire started, was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries
The government and the Association of Dutch Municipalities reached an agreement on locating all homeless people in the country and giving them a fixed post address. This is to make sure they have access to health insurance and medical care, for which you need at least a postal address
The Ministry of Security and Justice plans to soon give thousands of prisoners a tablet. According to the Ministry, prisons are becoming more modern and it is important to keep up. The tablets will also help cut costs
The supervision on the treatment of prisoners in the Netherlands is not independent and not effective enough, according to a statement from the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner for Human rights. UN experts visited the Netherlands last week to check up on this supervision
The plan to have prisoners pay 16 euros per day for their incarceration, will very likely not go through. The plan does not have enough support in the Eerste Kamer, Senate.
According to State Secretary Fred Teeven (Security and Justice) work done by prisoners is finally starting to bring in money - 4.4 million euros last year in fact, De Telegraaf reports.
According to Statistics Netherlands, 62.8 percent of the people who were in prison in 2013 have at least one non-Dutch parent. Of all 17 million people living in the Netherlands, only 21.3 percent have a non-Dutch parent, a previous Statistics Netherlands report from early 2014 said.
Prisoners will have to help pay the costs incurred by the government for their investigation and prosecution. They will also have to pay a contribution for their accommodation in prison.
The state secretary for Security and Justice, Fred Teeven (VVD), wants ankle monitors to be a thing of the past. Sources tell the Telegraaf that the electronic ankle bracelet was part of the austerity plans for the prison system, which Teeven has to put through.
According to figures from the Ministry of Security and Justice, there are more guards and support staff than actual criminals in prisons in The Netherlands.
Three prisoners escaped on Saturday night from a prison in Pointe Blanche on the island of Saint Martin.
A prisoner in a detention center in Alphen aan den Rijn has shot another detainee in the foot with a nail gun.
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State Secretary of Security and Justice, Teeven, wants prisoners to manufacture goods for ministries. Those generally contract companies, which often involves expensive procurement.
Employees of all Dutch prisons and forensic psychiatric clinics will go on strike if the austerity plan of State Secretary Fred Teeven is not suspended before Thursday next week, as related by a spokesperson of the Action Committee of the prison in Hoogeveen to RTV Drenthe.
If the plans of Teeven pushes through, a lot of prisons will have to close. Unions, the Work Councils of the prisons and action committees have issued an ultimatum that expires on Thursday, April 18. The staff will go on strike on April 25 if Teeven does not respond.