Waiting list for serving time in the Netherlands

Waiting list to zone in Netherlands JussBussPrison "Norgerhaven gevangenis" in Veenhuizen in Netherlands. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix

The prison Norway rents in the Netherlands is so popular that there is a waiting list for serving time there.
After a few practical  problems with the rented prison Norgerhaven in the beginning, the correctional authorities have noticed an increased interest in serving time in the Netherlands, according to the newspaper Dagbladet.
– After the New Year, we have received several applications. Now we are “fully booked”, but we will send people back to Norway after a while and replace them with new prisoners, prison director Karl Hillestad said. He thinks it is good that an increasing number of prisoners have transferred voluntarily and can tell that they have had a waiting list right from the start.
Prison guard Roelof Smeenge says that they seldom experience trouble in prison.
– There are few thefts and little trouble among the prisoners.
One of the Norwegian prisoners says to the Dutch TV channel RTV Drenthe that he doesn’t get the same feeling of being imprisoned behind closed doors that he got in Norway in Norgerhaven.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today