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Dutch want prisoners to pay $28 per day for cells

Published on Jan 14, 2014 12:57 AM

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Prisoners in the Netherlands may soon have to pay for their cell accommodation, if a bill tabled on Monday becomes law.

Deputy Justice Minister Fred Teeven "believes that a convicted prisoner serving jail time will have to pay partly for their incarceration," said ministry spokesman Wiebe Alkema.

"The minister think it's only fair that not all the costs should be shouldered by the State and society when you lock somebody up," he said.

Prison time costs the Dutch government around 250 euros (S$430) per day per prisoner, Alkema said.

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