Dutch penal institutes not effective, reveals study

10th July 2008, Comments 0 comments

Sending young offenders to Glen Mills or Den Engh does more harm than good, say the Social and Cultural Planning office.

10 July 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - A study on law and order in the Netherlands says that sending young offenders to penal institutes such as Glen Mills or Den Engh has a counter-productive effect.

The study was carried out by the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP).

Researchers argue that the tough approach in these institutes actually makes youngsters more likely to revert to criminal behaviour, once they leave the facility.

The experts think that behavioural therapy and teaching social skills, would be much more effective.

The SCP study also criticises the Dutch government's law and order policies.

According to the SCP, the emphasis on criminal prosecution is too strong. In addition to getting more police officers on the streets and putting up surveillance cameras, the office says that social institutions also have an important role to play.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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