Monday, September 15, 2008

Up to Three Days Detention for Violence over Weekend

People in the town of Tilburg who are arrested for violence over the weekend will be held in custody until Monday morning. The town thus follows the policy of the town of Amersfoort where it has led to a reduction in weekend violence. Until now people were held in jail for only one day. On Monday morning they are told whether they will be sentenced to community service or will have to pay a fine. The national ombudsman has announced that he will investigate whether the police are breaking the law with this policy. His spokesman said that it is unacceptable that for every minor infraction one should have to spend the entire weekend in jail.

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