No pay rise for prisoners

16th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 November 2007, THE HAGUE – Prisoners will not be getting a pay rise. State secretary for Justice Nebahat Albayrak rejected a proposal from the Socialist party SP in Parliament on Thursday to increase the wages for work carried out by prisoners. Inmates currently receive EUR 0.64 per hour.

16 November 2007

THE HAGUE – Prisoners will not be getting a pay rise. State secretary for Justice Nebahat Albayrak rejected a proposal from the Socialist party SP in Parliament on Thursday to increase the wages for work carried out by prisoners. Inmates currently receive EUR 0.64 per hour.

If they were to earn more, SP MP Krista van Velzen says they would be able to pay off their fines while in prison and start saving money for their first expenses once released. Albayrak countered by pointing out that labour on prison grounds is an expensive activity. A wage increase would make it more expensive, while prisons need to be cutting costs at the moment, the state secretary said.

The SP urged for an investigation into the possibilities of making work in prison profitable. Van Velzen says this activity does turn a profit in the German system for instance. Albayrak promised to look into the approach used there.

The ChristenUnie also expressed interest in an investigation into how work in prisons could be made profitable, or at least cover the costs involved.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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