Earth & Conservation

The Netherlands Will Close Five Prisons Due to Empty Cells

Officials made the decision due to falling crime rates and shorter prison sentences.

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The Netherlands will close five prisons over the next few years. Ard van der Steur, the country's minister of security and justice stated that, given the decreasing crime rates and shorter prison sentences, it is not fiscally wise to keep them open. It's estimated that 1,900 jobs will be lost as part of the closing process. The announcement comes not long after Dutch authorities closed 19 prison facilities in 2014. Since there were no Dutch convicts to fill those cells, authorities rented them to Norway, according to The Telegraph.

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