Thursday, July 3, 2008

Relatively Large Number of Dutchmen in Foreign Jails

At the beginning of 2007, there were 2,194 Dutchmen in jails abroad. This figure is very high in relation to other countries, some of which have much larger populations (Belgium – 453; United Kingdom – 2,500 in 2004; France – 1,800 in 2004; Germany – 1,500 in 2004). Eighty-three percent of these Dutchmen are serving sentences related to drug crime. More than 70% of them had a criminal record in the Netherlands, although only 20% of these were drug-related. The research was carried out by the Institute for Applied Social Sciences on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

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