Mayors to be told when paedophiles freed

Mayors are to be told when a convicted paedophile from their town has been released from jail, justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin told Trouw on Wednesday.

But informing housing corporations would be going too far, the minister told the paper.
‘We are going to make it standard that the public prosecution department informs the mayor if a convicted paedophile is freed,’ the minister said. But landlords will only be informed if there is an ‘urgent reason’ to do so, he told the paper.
The paper questioned the minister after carrying out its five-yearly survey of public attitudes to the law. The last survey was carried out in 2003.
Some 70% of those polled felt housing corporations should be informed if a convicted child abuser is released. Last year there was a major row in Utrecht after a paedophile returned to his home in the same block of flats as his five-year-old victim.
The survey showed that people are less worried about terrorist attacks and that women, the elderly and children feel safer on the streets than they did five years ago.
One in three also support a DNA test on all babies for use in future criminal investigations. And nine out of 10 think bank managers who behave irresponsibly with peoples’ savings should face a criminal trial.

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