Imagine this scenario in the United States: Prisons so underpopulated that we begin importing prisoners from other countries in order to keep prison workers employed.
Tough pill to swallow, right? Well that’s exactly what happened in the Netherlands in 2013 after 19 prisons were earmarked to close. Now, they are closing an addition four prisons.
According to officials, of the 13,500 prison beds available in 2017, only 8,400 were occupied. The crime rate in the Netherlands has dropped to 49 crimes reported for every 1,000 people. This matches a low not held since 1980.