Dictionary of Dutchness


TBS (terbeschikkingstelling) is the compulsory detention of convicted criminals in special psychiatric hospitals. TBS is initially for two years but may be extended. It is always added on after prison sentences. For example, a parent may be sentenced to three years in prison for murdering a child followed by eight years TBS. Approximately 93% of people in TBS clinics are male and the courts order around 250 TBS sentences per year.

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