Belgian prisoners to live in Dutch jails

Belgium and the Netherlands have reached a deal on the transfer of at least 500 Belgian criminals to Dutch jails.

The prisoners will be transfered from overcrowded Belgian jails to the Willem II prison in Tilburg at a cost of €30m a year.
Belgium has such a shortage of prison cells that sentences of up to three years are not currently being enforced, the Telegraaf reports.
The Netherlands has a surplus of places. In May the justice ministry announced plans to close eight prisons with the loss of 1,200 jobs.

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