Closed Jails

Closed Jails


The Netherlands is so safe, it imports criminals to fill jails. Some jails are closed because of the low crime rate.


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In 2013, 19 prisons in the Netherlands closed because the country didn't have enough criminals to fill them.

While these closures will result in the loss of nearly 2,000 jobs, only 700 of which will transition into other unknown roles within Dutch law enforcement, the trend of closing prisons follows a steady drop in crime since 2004.

The problem of empty jail cells has even gotten to the point where, last September, the country imported 240 prisoners from Norway just to keep the facilities full.

A number of factors underlie the Netherlands' ability to keep its crime rate so low, namely, relaxed drug laws, a focus on rehabilitation over punishment, and an electronic ankle monitoring system that allows people to re-enter the workforce.


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