Dutch to introduce house arrest system
29 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner is to introduce draft legislation in 2006 to create officially a system of house arrest in the Netherlands.
29 August 2005
AMSTERDAM — Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner is to introduce draft legislation in 2006 to create officially a system of house arrest in the Netherlands.
Over 2,300 offenders took part in a house arrest trial programme in 2003 and 2004. The offenders were ordered to remain in their home and wear an ankle bracelet with a transmitter connected electronically to a police monitoring station.
Donner said on Monday that the tests had proved to be a success and that the people taking part felt they really were punished by being confined to their home.
Spot checks by inspectors confirmed whether the person was staying out of trouble during their house arrest. Anyone breaking the ban on leaving their home was returned to jail.
The minister now wants to make it possible for Dutch courts to impose house arrest as a primary sanction or in combination with other penalties such as jail and fines.
Offenders sentenced to house arrest will in principle not be allowed to work outside the home as this would leave too much room for cheating, the minister said.
Donner sees house arrest as an alternative for cases for which a fine or a community work order are not thought to be sufficient but a jail sentence is not required.
A spokesperson for the Justice Ministry said house arrest could be used by a judge or court that wants to indicate that a certain offence, such as a minor assault, is intolerable.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news