In search of a new balance

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In search of a new balance

Third evaluation of the ‘Beginselenwet verpleging ter beschikking gestelden' (full text only available in Dutch)

Summary

This report presents the third evaluation of the Beginselenwet verpleging ter beschikking gestelden (Bvt), the act under Dutch criminal law providing regulations (and rights) for the detention of forensic mental health patients in high security services called ‘tbs-facilities’. It was enacted in 1997 and requires (in art. 85) a periodical evaluation concerning the effectivity of this act in practice. The first evaluation was carried out in 2001 (Leuw & Mertens) and the second was published in 2009 (Van der Hoeven et al).
This is the third evaluation concerning the following questions:

  1. Do the provisions in the Bvt and its current practice serve the goal of a balance between the dimensions of safety, treatment and legal protection?
  2. Is the Bvt itself sustainable in light of the future landscape of forensic mental health in the Netherlands?

Publication data

Author(s):
Wolf, M. van der, Mevis, P., Struijk, S., Leeuwen, L van, Kleijn, M., Marle, H. van, Leeuwen, E. van (ass.), Bektesevic, D. (ass.)
Organization(s):
Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Law, WODC
Place of publication:
The Hague
Publisher:
Boom juridisch
Year of publication:
2016
ISBN:
978--94-6290-284-8

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