Court-issued community order doubled in last five years
More than half issued with compulsory work order go on to re-offend.28 April 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The weekend edition of NRC Handelsblad covers a Dutch Research and Documentation Centre report that the number of community punishment orders handed down by the courts has doubled in the last five years.
The report goes on to say that half of adults and two-thirds of young people given the compulsory work orders go on to re-offend.
The paper tells us its own research shows that judges are handing down the community orders even to those convicted of violent crimes and sex offences.
The director of Rehabilitation Netherlands finds it "unbelievable" that people convicted of serious crimes are being given the orders and that some people are being sentenced to them time after time.
"Of course, judges make their own choices, but such decisions are hard to defend," he says.
[Radio Netherlands / Mike Wilcox / Expatica]