Belgian government to end agreement to rent Dutch prison cells
Belgium had been renting unused cells in Tilburg’s Willem II prison because of overcrowding. Repatriation of 100 prisoners has already saved the government €3 million
Prison population falls
The government was forced in 2010 to rent unused prison cells in Tilburg’s Willem II Prison (pictured) because of overcrowding in Belgian prisons. But the prison population has now dropped to 11,276, while the country has created 700 more cells.
The Dutch prison was holding 650 Belgians earlier this year, but 100 were repatriated to Belgium in July, saving the government €3 million out of a total annual bill of €42 million.