Changes needed to policy for TBS treatment
Changes are needed to the current "long stay" policy for criminals sentenced to TBS (mandatory psychiatric treatment).26 February 2008
AMSTERDAM – Changes are needed to the current "long stay" policy for criminals sentenced to TBS (mandatory psychiatric treatment) and designated as "untreatable." The Council for the Administration of Criminal Justice and Protection of Juveniles (RSJ) wrote this in a recommendation to state secretary for Justice Nebahat Albayrak.
A spokesperson for the ministry confirmed reports in the Volkskrant to this effect on Tuesday.
A few lawyers have said that some TBS convicts are unjustly labelled "untreatable" and given a veiled form of life in prison by placement in a long-stay ward. The number of TBS patients placed in long-stay wards has grown substantially over the past years.
The RSJ wants a judge to review whether 'hopeless cases' should be put in long-stay wards. In the current situation the minister of justice makes this decision. Another possibility would be to scrap the current long-stay policy, the RSJ says.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]