Thursday, May 28, 2009

Not enough criminals...

There's a lesson in here, if we'd care to learn it:
Netherlands to close prisons for lack of criminals

The Dutch justice ministry has announced it will close eight prisons and cut 1,200 jobs in the prison system. A decline in crime has left many cells empty.During the 1990s the Netherlands faced a shortage of prison cells, but a decline in crime has since led to overcapacity in the prison system. The country now has capacity for 14,000 prisoners but only 12,000 detainees.

Deputy justice minister Nebahat Albayrak announced on Tuesday that eight prisons will be closed, resulting in the loss of 1,200 jobs. Natural redundancy and other measures should prevent any forced lay-offs, the minister said.

The overcapacity is a result of the declining crime rate, which the ministry's research department expects to continue for some time.
I mean, really, stop criminalizing every damn little thing. Crimes against people, crimes against property, infractions for severe safety issues, those all make sense in a complex, inherently dangerous world/society. Crimes for smoking dope or hiring a hooker? Not so much sense...

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