Missing criminals to be tracked down

Justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin has announced a series of measures to track down 50,000 people convicted of crimes who have never paid their fines or gone to jail.

He plans to double to 20 the members of the taskforce charged with finding anyone with a sentence of more than 300 days in prison and is reserving 500 cells for this group over the next three years, reports Thursday’s Volkskrant.
In addition, addresses will be traced through social services and the tax service. Fines which have not been paid will then be deducted from any benefits, the minister said.
Hirsch Ballin also plans to publish the names and photos of the worst criminals on the internet and to use automatic number plate recognition to track them down, says the Volkskrant.

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