The Netherlands Is Facing Backlash...For Being Too Safe
What happens when crime is too low?
Sometimes, there's too much of a good thing. The Netherlands is getting backlash for being —wait for it— too safe. The European country has done such an excellent job at keeping crime low that prisons are freaking out.
According to the Daily Caller, the Netherlands went from having one of the highest incarceration rates in Europe to one of the lowest, in just one decade. It currently has a prison population of just 8,245. The problem with this is that jail cells are too empty. 19 prisons have closed and eight more are scheduled over the next few years.
Dutch society is safer but prison employees are mad; some 1,900 prison workers are expected to lose their jobs. Frans Carbo, a representative for prison workers, says members are “angry and a little bit depressed” over their situation. “There is no future in it anymore – you never know when your prison will be closed,” he tells the BBC.
Luckily, some smart people realize that prisons can be used for other things. Norway and Belgium, for instance, have leased some jails to deal with their overcrowding. Other buildings are being sold or converted into refugee shelters.
Can't we just find more artsy ways to make these prisons useful? Sheesh!