Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Criminologist: Humiliate Criminals

Jan Dirk de Jong, a criminologist at the Free University in Amsterdam says that the criminals in the Amsterdam Bijlmer area only get more status in the community when they go to jail. The longer their sentence, the higher their status. The only way to punish them is to put them in a pink coat and let them clean a square in the middle of their neighborhood. In this way their dignity is removed. While criminals may get less criminal later in life, this is not necessarily the case for Antilleans. Their culture is often outdoors and therefore they often remain criminal much longer in order to maintain their status. That problem characterizes the Bijlmer area.

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