Belgium gets three new prisons

21st April 2008, Comments 0 comments

The new prisons that will be built within the next four years will be able to accommodate 900 prisoners.

21 April 2008

BELGIUM - Within four years Belgium will have three new prisons: one in Flanders, one in Brussels and one in Wallonia. Together they will be able to accommodate 900 prisoners.

The planned construction of a new prison in Dendermonde in Flanders will also go ahead as planned. Two institutions for prisoners that have psychological problems will be built in Antwerp and Ghent and an extra juvenile detention centre is planned for Wallonia.

By 2012 a total of some 2500 extra places will be created in the different institutions.

According to Justice Minister Jo Vandeurzen there are various reasons why new prisons are necessary. "When people must be robbed of their freedom, it's important that this is done in a humane way."

Further, the justice minister stresses that one of the tasks of a prison is to prepare prisoners for their later release.

New and renovated prisons will also improve the working conditions for the prison guards and other personnel.

Renovation of the older prisons is absolutely necessary according to Minister Vandeurzen. It is necessary to get rid of the "19th century conditions" in some of the prisons.

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