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Repeat offenders released

5 August 2006 – The Amsterdam Court has ruled that two repeat offenders, who were serving time at the Havenstraat Detention House, be released. Due to confusion about funding, they could not receive psychiatric care at the institution.

Recently, Institutions for Repeat Offenders (ISD) have opened at the Havenstraat and at the Bijlmerbajes. After three minor offences, repeat offenders can be locked away there for two years. During that period, they should receive treatment for addictions and psychiatric problems.

Regarding two repeat offenders with psychiatric problems, the court now concludes that “confusion at the national level about the funding of treatment for ISD-prisoners is blocking this treatment”. It does not expect that this problem will be solved shortly.

The court therefore finds that “the convicts must be given the opportunity to undergo clinical-psychiatric treatment outside the context of the ISD-measure”.

A week ago, advocacy organisation EORG reported that 24 prisoners at the ISD Department at the Havenstraat have signed a petition demanding treatment for their addiction. As a result of staff shortages, such treatment would be unavailable.

Background: Havenstraat


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