Friday 21 February 2020

Dutch prison population rose 1.3% in 2014

Prison interior with dramatic lightThe Dutch prison population rose 1.3% to 43,240 last year, according to new figures from the national statistics office CBS.

At the same time, the average period people spent in jail went down slightly, due to a rise in detention for non-payment of fines, the CBS said.

Six in 10 prisoners had a non-Dutch background. Of them, two in 10 were categorised as coming from a western country. Non-Dutch westerners account for 10% of the Dutch population.

Nearly 11% – or 4,600 – had a Moroccan background even though just 2.2% of the population have Moroccan roots. The percentage of Moroccans in the total jail population has remained fairly stable since 2005, the CBS figures show.

Almost 10% of prisoners were of Surinamese origin, almost five times the proportion of Surinamese in the population at large. However, people from Suriname and Turkey now make up a smaller percentage of the prison population than they did 10 years ago, the figures show. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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