Prison clothes for delinquents

20th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – A large majority in Parliament of Christian democrat CDA, Labour PvdA, Liberal VVD, Socialist SP and Freedom Party PVV want youth in juvenile facilities to be required to wear prison uniforms.

20 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – A large majority in Parliament of Christian democrat CDA, Labour PvdA, Liberal VVD, Socialist SP and Freedom Party PVV want youth in juvenile facilities to be required to wear prison uniforms.

The plan comes from PvdA MP Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who wants to prevent ethnic youth from perpetuating their "macho culture" in institutions by wearing brand clothing and "bling" accessories. He is also urging that penalties take into account the cultural background of these delinquents.

CDA MP Çörüz supports mandatory prison uniforms but says it would be even more effective to confiscate the money these young people have made from crime. Then they wouldn't be able to afford brand clothing and jewellery.

Cörüz says that he already proposed 18 months ago that young people's background should be taken into account when determining their punishment.

"You cannot punish different people more severely for the same crime, criminal law is blind to colour. But the cultural background of the defendant can be taken into account. It would have more effect to assign ethnic youth to do community service in or around a mosque where they would be confronted with the consequences of their behaviour, rather than doing community service out in the fields somewhere."

MP Fred Teeven (VVD) said he has nothing against mandatory prison clothing but has concerns about how this would be financed.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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