VVD surprised at prisoners' rights

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10 August 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Liberal VVD faction in Parliament is astonished that male and female convicts undergoing mandatory psychiatric treatment are permitted to start sexual relationships with each other. The justice department confirmed in the Telegraaf on Friday that contraceptives are provided and private rooms are made available for the couples.

10 August 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Liberal VVD faction in Parliament is astonished that male and female convicts undergoing mandatory psychiatric treatment are permitted to start sexual relationships with each other. The justice department confirmed in the Telegraaf on Friday that contraceptives are provided and private rooms are made available for the couples.

VVD MP Fred Teeven said in the newspaper that this arrangement is "too bizarre for words."

5 to 10 percent of the 1,700 individuals sentenced by the court to mandatory psychiatric treatment in the Netherlands are female. "It is unavoidable that relationships spring up among patients," a spokesperson for the justice department said in the daily paper.

A spokesperson for the Oldenkotte clinic in Rekken (Gelderland), which provides court ordered treatment, says that psychiatric clinics are a reflection of society and that romantic relationships are a part of that. The justice department said that these relationships within the clinic are dealt with very carefully. Relationship counselling is mandatory from the start, for instance.

Paul R., who escaped a closed psychiatric clinic in March and who shot and killed a woman while fugitive, apparently had a relationship with a fellow patient while being treated at Oldenkotte. The relationship resulted in a pregnancy.

Teeven wants clarification on the rights of convicts subject to court-ordered psychiatric treatment from the responsible state secretary, Nebahat Albayrak (justice ministry, Labour PvdA).

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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