Netherlands closes 8 prisons citing declining crime

A drop in crime in the Netherlands is prompting the closure of eight prisons and a reduction of 1,200 jobs, reports the NRC online news.

The decline has left many prison cells empty. The country now has capacity for 14,000 prisoners but only 12,000 detainees.

The declining crime rate is expected to continue for some time, says the Justice Ministry's research department.