Guards escort psychiatric detainees on leave

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12 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — A TBS psychiatric detainee granted penitentiary leave will in future be under escort of a specialist guard in a revamp of security measures following a series of alarming escapes.

12 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — A TBS psychiatric detainee granted penitentiary leave will in future be under escort of a specialist guard in a revamp of security measures following a series of alarming escapes.

Up until now, a detainee granted leave has only been released under the supervision of a social therapist. The aim of the leave is the eventual successful return of the detainee into society.

Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin told MPs on Tuesday the guard is specially trained to guard psychiatric detainees outside their institute. It is not yet known if the guard will be armed.

The minister's spokesman said instructions on how the guards should respond in emergencies will be drawn up at the start of next year. At the same time, a decision will be made on how 'guarded leave' will be permitted.

Hirsch Ballin said the recent escapes of TBS detainees on supervised leave have made clear that the system of penitentiary leave needed to be made more secure.
 
The justice minister will also investigate next year how electronic supervision can be implemented. Earlier inquiries had indicated such a system was unsatisfactory.

Staff of TBS clinics will undergo training to better detect signals a detainee wants to escape and a new council will be established to advise the justice minister over every request for leave from a psychiatric detainee.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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