Recently we posted THIS article and video explaining that the Dutch have pragmatically decided not to incarcerate people for petty crimes and that has resulted in a 19 of 65 prisons closing. We received an interesting response from Jack J on our YouTube channel, challenging that claim and counter claiming that the recent immigration issues in Europe has caused a spike in Dutch crime which is not accounted for in official statistics:
…It is logical that in a homogeneous society criminality is less than in a multiculture, under similar economic situation, ie wealth. Mixing cultures by definition leads to increased crime. This is also the reason numbers are manipulated.
As for proof; i present you the idea that crime went down, which shows in a number of prisons closed down. That is a lie. In 2008 mpc’s were introduced, based on a test with volunteers. This is the direct reason for the vacancies. Obviously putting all single cell inmates in double cells (or more), immediately leads to a 50% reduction in capacity needed.
…~90% of inmates are immigrants.
The logic is solid so we decided to look into this a bit more.
Several of our team were in The Netherlands for 2 days earlier this month and spent half a day in Amsterdam. There was never an incident or a cause for concern that we saw, beyond some very near misses between bikes, pedestrians, cars and trains. That anecdotal evidence does not hold up to scientific standards.
Dutch Crime Facts with United States Comparables:
PartisanIssues.com strives to dispassionately consider facts and avoid hyperbole. So lets look at a few numbers that everyone can likely agree on before drawing conclusions. Note that I am finding the facts as I write this and have truly not made up a position to defend.
I found some 2015 data that showed about half of the Dutch prison population were immigrants, but as you can see below, the 2013 numbers look about the same.
- In the US 42% of crimes involve immigrants but half of those are immigration related crimes. SOURCE
- The Dutch have about 381 police officers per 100,000 people compared to 284 police officers in the US, 412 in Belgium and just 195 police officers per 100,000 people in Canada SOURCE1 SOURCE2
- For whatever reason (early release, ankle bracelets used for home arrest, not jailing people for petty crime…) the number of people in the Dutch prisons has declined precipitously in the last decade
- In 2016 The Netherlands incarceration rate was just 69 / 100,000 people which is about half of European average and compares to the US at 716/100,000 SOURCE SOURCE
- In 2016 The Netherlands recidivism rate was 40% compared to the US at 52% (in 2013) SOURCE
- See the graph below showing how ‘get tough on crime’ has caused US prison populations to explode. Do you think there is a population in the US (other than New Yorkers) that feels drastically safer today than they did in 1980?
- Dutch prisons provide healthcare, personal space, addition (drug / alcohol) and mental health counselling compared to the US which provides very limited ‘personal assistance’ SOURCE
- Dutch prisons use ankle bracelets to monitor inmates rather then constant intimidation/confrontation so often found in US prisons
- About a decade ago the Dutch started cutting sentences for those prisoners thought to be quickly able to enter the workforce but kept them in check with ankle bracelet monitoring. Again there is very little of this happening in the US SOURCE
- In recent years there have been an increasing number of reports with headlines like: DUTCH CRIME RATE MUCH HIGHER THAN OFFICIAL FIGURES INDICATE: REPORT SOURCE
- In 2016 the Dutch had 28% of reported crimes closed because there were no suspects and then they dismissed another 16% of the ones they did prosecute. This is an enviable rate compared to US rates where even 1 in 3 murders go unsolved solved.
- About 8% of asylum seekers (i.e. not all immigrants) to Holland were a crime SUSPECT and 1.5% are facing serious punishment SOURCE
- Internal Dutch government reports estimate that 57% of crimes go unreported which is about the same as the US but better than Canada where it is believed by the official government statistics bureau that only 5% of rapes are even reported SOURCE1 SOURCE2 SOURCE3
Just because something is not nice, does not make it not true. If your country of origin is has 20 times the incarceration rate of our domestic population, something has to change.
If we were running The Netherlands, we would quickly look into why the Antillean, Moroccan and Surinamese have such wildly higher incarceration rates and if nothing useful is garnered from that investigation, we would consider blocking those populations from any form of migration.
That being said, overall the facts seem clear. Even with their serious migrant issues, the Dutch have a superior incarceration system to the United States and that is the point of our previous article. We stand by that piece you can read and watch HERE.
What do you think?