Updated on: 9 November 2020
Upon arrival, detainees are placed in a one-person cell for two weeks and will then be guided to a regular department where multi-person cells can be involved.
To reduce overcrowding related to C-19, several measures have been taken:
These penalties will be carried out as soon as the situation permits it again.
As of June 16 all prisons will gradually open for visits. Detainees can receive one visitor a week for one hour. Also, the visitor can take one child with them aged up to 4 years old. The child must remain on the lap of the visitor.
Visits still take place in the Netherlands with restrictions. The restrictions being: health check at the entry of the prison and visits take place behind plexiglass.
As of June 16, if there are no contra-indications, the visits are extended from one hour to two hours a week. Furthermore, it will be possible for juvenile offenders to receive visits from other people than parents or legal representatives. The aim is to have a normal visit-regime as of August. Of course, only if the situation allows this and with due observance of the guidelines provided by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.
As of June 16 in FPC’s and correctional institutions for juvenile offenders supervised leave is gradually extended, of course under the above-mentioned reservations. Unsupervised leave (for example for school and work) can also be allowed where possible. Here, too, the aim is to resume leave as of August, in accordance with the leave authorization and step-by-step plan.
Surgical masks and other protective equipment (gloves, aprons and safety glasses) are used when in contact with (suspected) COVID-19 cases. Furthermore, employees who cannot prevent physical contact when searching and visiting a new arrival, wear a surgical mask and gloves.
Remote health consultation through videocalling is in a trial period in Dutch custodial institutions; this is not yet implemented in every prison. Also, detainees can consult a physician by phone outside of office hours; this is implemented in every prison.
As of yet there have been no petitions from Human Rights Organization regarding the situation around C-19.
We try to limit the in- and outflow of people in prison facilities as much as possible, so only the people that are strictly necessary for the functioning of the prison are allowed to enter the prison facility.
The information that is given to the public regarding the situation inside a prison is dependent on that specific situation, so this differs per prison facility. General information that is accessible to the public can be found on the following website: https://dji.nl/over-dji/coronavirus/index.aspx.
The mandate given to the prison director gives him the freedom to impose certain restrictions to keep order, peace and safety in the prison. The basic rights, stated in the penal principle law, are guaranteed.
No phones are allowed inside of the prisons.
As of yet there is no plan for a lockdown within the Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency.
For any further questions regarding the procedures in the state of emergency taken by the Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency please contact the following:
Maurice van der Stoel
Department of Justice and Safety
Custodial Institutions Agency
Supported by the Justice Programme of the European Union