posted on Dec, 3 2012 @ 06:37 PM
Is this totalitarian and Orwellian social lockdown, or simply a practical solution to the issue of growing dischord in Amsterdam?
New members (and some old) of the Dutch community have taken advantage of their leniency. How many opportunities are you going to give people before
they completely shoot themselves in the foot.
Considering they are not lining up to throw people in jail like some countries, I doubt the "scum villages" will even be that bad.
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
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.
This was after they had a prison boom because they didn't even have places to put them, or were willing to put them in. Immigration has had a big
effect on prison in the country in the last 20 years though.
The relatively open borders and easy international mobility of the Netherlands makes it an attractive destination for immigrants. As a result,
the Dutch have also encountered a substantial increase in the infiltration of illegal aliens. In fact, after the prison construction boom in the
1990s, the number of illegal aliens detained for removal increased from 2,000 to 9,600 in only eight years—a 380 percent increase. As a result,
10 percent of all prison capacity is required just for the detention of illegal aliens.
So the scum cities, is it going to be that bad?
This change notwithstanding, the Dutch incarceration philosophy stresses the need to minimize the hardships on the prisoner. This philosophy
emphasizes maximizing prisoner contacts with family and the preservation of community ties. Prisoners are able to enjoy many of the benefits of
life on the outside. For example, inmates can receive visitors once a week, talk on the phone, and participate in sports. Rehabilitative measures,
however, such as the procurement of education to prisoners, have been severely curtailed in recent years.
The Dutch are progressive with their prisons, I don't a measure that comes before it is going to be that bad.
Although it may not be successful either:
The Dutch Parool newspaper observed that the policy was not a new one. In the 19th century, troublemakers were moved to special villages in
Drenthe and Overijssel outside Amsterdam. The villages were rarely successful, becoming sink estates for the lawless.
"We have learned from the past," said the mayor's spokesman. "A neighbourhood can deal with one problem family but if there are more the situation
Essentially it's to protect good families in public housing that are being harassed by troublemakers. The problem is when you throw a bunch of
troublemakers together like this, you basically create a ghetto. As reflected in the article...
edit on 3-12-2012 by boncho because: (no reason