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Netherlands : Dutch prison population falls 27% to 11,000 in five years

The number of people in prison in the Netherlands fell by 27% between 2011 and 2015 to just over 11,000, according to new figures from the justice ministry’s prison department. The duration of average psychiatric prison detention fell to 7.5 years and the re-offending rate also fell over the past five years, the DJI said on Wednesday. In particular there was 55% drop in the number of under-17s sentenced to youth detention, while the number of 18 to 22-year-olds in jail fell 44%.

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