Netherlands close its prisons due to low crime rate and lack of prisoners

Discussion in 'World Events' started by Plazma Inferno!, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

    Dutch government plans to shut five prisons, with the loss of 1,900, jobs due to falling crime rate and lack of prisoners. A further 700 staff will be given 'mobile' positions, though the exact meaning of this is unclear. The downward trend in crime, which has fallen by an average of 0.9% in recent years, is expected to mean 3,000 prison cells and 300 youth detention places will be surplus to requirements in five years' time.
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  3. joepistole Deacon Blues Valued Senior Member

    In light of all the recent terrorist events in the region, they might want to reconsider that decision. First France and now Belgium, who is next? I think demand for jail space is about to increase in Europe. Let's hope they nip this in the bud and these recent terrorist events are one-off anomalies. But with millions of new refugees from Syria and North Africa and lose controls, Europe is an easy target for Islamic terrorists.

    In the US we wish we could and we should imprison fewer people. I think there is a lesson here for the US. Instead of doing things to prevent crimes like mentoring troubled youth, we cut those programs and instead build prisons to hold them for life. It's stupid.
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  5. pjdude1219 The biscuit has risen Valued Senior Member

    and yet almost none of the terrorists are ever idientified as terrorists. this attitude is just demonizing all muslims as terrorists.

    refugees go through stricter vetting than normal immigrants. if they want in they aren't going to do so pretending to be refugees.
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  7. Bells Staff Member

    Err what?

    That doesn't even make sense.

    No it isn't.

    To enter the US, sure. In Europe at present, there are no checks or vetting. They aren't even being finger printed and little background checks are taking place. Something even Human Rights Watch has flagged as problematic (I did link this in the other thread).

    The risk with refugees is that they are prime for radicalisation in Europe and they are being targeted by radical Islamists in Europe with little to no interference from the authorities.
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