Scheme see ex-offenders in Hoorn steer clear of crime
Monetary aid and support given by the Hoorn town council means only two percent of former convicts are likely to commit another crime in the two years after they have been released.HOORN – Former prisoners in Hoorn are less likely to re-offend than their counterparts in the rest of the Netherlands, reveals a recent report by Hoorn town council.
The report says that only two percent of ex-offenders in the small town northeast of Amsterdam were convicted of another crime during a two-year period after their release, as compared with 40 percent to the rest of the country.
Hoorn attributes its low re-offending rate to a scheme where ex-offenders receive coaching and a place to live on their release from jail. They also received help in clearing their debts and finding a new job – a programme that cost the town council an annual sum of EUR 75,000 per offender.
The town council thinks spending the money is beneficial as it prevents ex-offenders from returning to a life of crime.
The Hoorn method has been implemented in Gouda and Den Helder. Other towns and cities including Amsterdam are expected to adopt the scheme in the near future.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica