Tour of the comfortable Dutch prison
Gazonchiki neat flowerbeds, playgrounds and buildings designed by famous architects - a Dutch prison.
It is more like a country club or recreation center, but not a correctional facility. Here is everything you need for a full life. Today found 167 people in the Dutch prison Penitentiary Maashegge, but it closes at 2 years.
In 2009, the government has to announce the closure of 8 prisons and reduced 1200 workers, due to the decrease in the level of crime in the country. In order to somehow save their beautiful prison, the Dutch government invites them foreign criminals. So, 500 Belgian took the villains in the past year.
This action is a general regime prison. Now it contains 167 prisoners and 140 people working personnel. At the entrance to a full examination of all the means of communication is taken. Shoot convicts strictly prohibited, so the photos you will not see them.
The inside is more like a park or a good children's camp. Neat gazonchiki, benches, flower beds and a brand-new body-barracks. The Dutch can be justly proud of not only cheese, windmills and tulips, but also venerable penitentiary system, which has been continuously improved since the end of the XVI century. Just then, the prison "Tsuhthauz" was built in 1595, in which the prisoners were first to hold the work. Already since it becomes the principle of action "Hoort" in the country, which can be translated as "humane view on punishment." He received the name from the prison reformer Jan van de Hoorta.
Only high fences with barbed wire give appointment this place.
The territory is divided into zones. Passage between the zones through such gateways:
operator opens the doors remotely, so pull off the guard and escape keys will not work.
Guided tours are available, the prison director, he asks the operator to open the gate for us in one of the blocks.
On arrival at the prison all prisoners sent to the showers. Then on a special computer confirm his identity - collate fingerprints, retina scan. Previously, there were cases when to sit out a term in prison are not criminals were brought, and like a man who got a lot of money for this "service".
At the entrance hangs an evacuation plan. Convenient for escape :)
On the walls hang posters for staff. Compare with our self-made propaganda.
Hall main unit. It contains 50 prisoners.
The closer to the end of the period - the softer the detention regime. At the end of the prisoners can go home for the weekend. You can freely walk around the area, in some cases not even a fence. Everything is done to ensure that after serving their prison terms would normally join the usual life, and not be an outcast.
Everything is clean and fun.
All the doors with electronic locks with the central management.
Family visits once a month - 2 hours. Calls are charged per week to talk to 10 minutes. There is also a library, you can use it once a week and take no more than 5 books.
The yard for walking.
Single camera. She was a little shabby, as there have not made repairs.
In the prison can be run. Usually it is a simple manual labor. Some companies bought the prison some products bring their machines in which the prisoners are doing something. They operate almost everything without it you can go crazy. Work 4 hours a day. The maximum earnings in prison - 25 euros per week. Money can be spent in the prison shop for food and cigarettes.
Each room has a radio, TV and socket connection with security. For television to be paid - 6 euros per week. In special cases, may allow even game consoles.
And this is the camera for two. Suspended beds, they were removed. In this chamber have already toilet wall, so as not to embarrass a neighbor;)
for bad behavior are sent to solitary confinement. There's nothing here. Day bed clean. Windows either, it is a lamp behind the glass. In the corner of a surveillance camera.
of the offending issue a special form. The rest of the prisoners could walk in their clothes.
In addition to clothing the prisoners issue ... chalk! Note the door. It is painted with special paint on it you can draw. Perhaps drawing on the door - the only joy in the prisoner guilty. Still in the box put the clock to the time he knew.
Employees of the prison say draw for prisoners is very important. Board is in each chamber.
For those who behaved well, there's a football field.
But the new building. The prison even has won a sort of architectural award.
In the past there was a Catholic boarding school, then in its place built a prison. We do it on the principle of "build beautiful to them it was a pity to destroy." Principle, by the way, did not work. Wooden doors broken in the first week. I had to urgently put metal.
We could that be spa in Barvikha.
In the Netherlands, one of the largest per cent of young people among the prisoners - 4.7%, above only Malta - 6.1%.
Golf prisoners walks.
And this is a living room, where you can watch TV, if there is 6 euros per week to rent the camera.
On the left is visible kitchen. There, prisoners can prepare their own meals. Products can be purchased at the prison shop. Guards say that cooking makes prisoners kindly.
The rooms in the new prisons standard. Between the chambers - chamber, where there are garbage cans. At the end of the corridor kitchen: a small gas stove, set of pots and pans. Kitchen for those who do not like the standard menu, although it is quite satisfying and varied. Breakfast is usually easy - bun, toast, jam, scrambled eggs, coffee, tea and juices. Three-course meal, plus a salad and fruit. Curiously, in some prisons, you can order some dishes from the restaurant. Jews often bought kosher dishes, such as stuffed fish. Some prisons have a common table, but most carry about food carts on ka measures. Again, distributors are checked against the menu, ordered prisoners, posted on the door. The cells, in addition to household appliances, the inhabitants have the right to keep a clear plastic container.
This is the case for young people - to 23 years. Prisoners are kept in pre-trial. Pre-trial detention - not more than 3 months, then it has to be a trial. Rest zone. Here rapists and murderers spend long winter evenings.
And this camera. There are great benefits for normal prisoners. For example, they have the right to keep a houseplant in the chamber
All in a cheap hotel. Washbasin, toilet, bed, call button protection, drawing board. No bars on the windows, armored glass instead. Prison should remind the House that a person is not completely angry.
In the past, even the doors were made of wood, like a house, but the bandits for some reason began to knock these doors down. Then all the doors sheathed metal.
Living in another case.
While shake your life, you can heal. It has concluded good doctors, attentive nurses and the best equipment. Interestingly, in recent years it has been identified only two cases of tuberculosis. Two more examples. In 2008, food supplements, which, according to experts have been introduced into the diet of prisoners, reduce stress conditions. But in prison Rotter went even further. As an experiment, there is, of course, under the supervision of doctors, began spraying agent called through the ventilation system, "orange flavor". According to experts, the smell in humans is associated with health and freshness, and thereby reduces their aggressiveness. In turn, this will significantly save on sedatives.
Only fences spoil the view at this resort. How to get to the Dutch prison? For example, have stayed for a couple of weeks in prison two CSKA fans after the match with "Herenfeen" for the UEFA Cup. Train inspectors find fault with the guests and ended scuffle. Our rights are not violated, but resisted the police.
Another feature of the Dutch penal system - prison ship. They appeared because in 2007 the country was choking from the influx of illegal immigrants. Despite the fact that during the year were deported 20,000 undocumented persons, their number continued to grow. And then it was decided to create three floating prisons in Rotterdam, Dordehte and Zaanreme - only 576 prisoners. Construction of forts on the ground opposed locals staged a protest.
In memory of every prisoner leaves the impression of his face, never to come back here anymore.
And one more interesting detail: in the Dutch legislation is not an article, according to which the prisoner may obtain an additional term for the escape.
And the building of the school, you can learn a little, until you sit.
According to the statistics for the 2009-2010 year 94 per 100 000 inhabitants were in prison, in Finland the lowest rate - there is 60 per 100 000.
A curious position of servants of Themis. If the judge wants the defendant served 5 years, he sentenced him to seven. And for good behavior, two-thirds of a knock. Another principle of the prison system - the one who stole the purse, should not sit with a rapist or a murderer.
Hall and room religions.
Recently some villains robbed this prison - pulled out of the TV cameras!
Prisons in the Netherlands prefilled by 86% - this is one of the lowest rates in Europe, the biggest in Bulgaria - there are filled to 155%, then comes Italy and Cyprus.
The computer class.
When I went to the prison, it drove a brand new Opel. Out of the car came out well-dressed man with a suitcase, kissed the woman sitting behind the wheel, and went to the checkpoint.
- Who is it? - I asked the guard
- This is one of the prisoners. He returns from vacation. Once a month, you can go home for the weekend.
Due to the fall in crime this complex of two years will be closed.