Suspended jail directors criticised minister

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8 March 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner admitted on Monday that two prison directors who have been suspended from their positions had recently clashed with him over government policy.

8 March 2004

AMSTERDAM — Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner admitted on Monday that two prison directors who have been suspended from their positions had recently clashed with him over government policy.

But the Christian Democrat CDA minister denied suggestions the two would lose their jobs as a result of the criticism, public news service NOS reported.

Donner said criticism is permissible, but once the discussion has ended, government policy must be carried out. He said this applied in particular to people in leadership and if someone could not comply, they would be better off finding another job.

The Justice Ministry revealed on Saturday that it was in talks with prison directors J. van Huet (Noord-Holland-Noord) and C. Boeij (Over-Amstel/Bijlmerbajes) about the continuation of their career. Both of them are chair and deputy chairperson respectively of the national jail directors association VDPI.

To cut down on costs, Donner intends to abolish programmes to assist repeat offenders return to society, but the two directors stand opposed to the plan. Both directors claim prisons should do more than simply detain criminals.

Minister Donner has dismissed the possibility that they will be dismissed and confirmed that the ministry was in talks with the directors.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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