Fifth edition of the aftercare monitor for former prisoners

Detention and probation / Social consequences of detention

Fifth edition of the aftercare monitor for former prisoners

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To reduce the relatively high recidivism rates among former prisoners, reintegra-tion-related issues are tackled before their release, during their imprisonment. The reintegration policy stipulates that five basic conditions need to be met: keeping or obtaining a valid identity card; finding employment and a source of income; acquiring accommodation; an inventory of outstanding debts and strategies for how to deal with these debts; and receiving adequate physical and psychological care. The goal of the policy is to improve ex-prisoners’ reintegration into society and to prevent reconviction.

Every two years the aftercare monitor for former prisoners describes the situation of former prisoners, with regard to these basic conditions, immediately prior to im-prisonment, immediately after release from imprisonment, and six and twelve months after release. In this fifth edition we, in addition, analyze the relation be-tween problems with the five basic conditions and recidivism. In doing so, our aim is to provide insight into whether meeting the basic conditions ensures that former prisoners have a smaller chance of recidivism.

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Weijters, G., Rokven, J.J., Verweij, S.
Place of publication:
The Hague
Year of publication:
Cahiers 2018-12

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