Dutch prisons are quite full these days, with an occupancy rate of 95 percent on average.
Sometimes all cells are occupied, which is why the authorities have decided to increase the number of prisoners per cell as of next year.
A spokesperson for Deputy Justice Minister Fred Teeven on Thursday confirmed reports published earlier by national daily AD. The past few years had seen an overcapacity in prison cells.
However, Teeven argues that criminals now face a bigger chance of being apprehended. “More people are in prison, and for a longer period,” the deputy minister said.
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