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NCJ Number: 120108 Find in a Library
Title: Crime and Correction in Holland: A Commentary
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:33  Issue:2  Dated:(September 1989)  Pages:151-159
Author(s): G T Gitchoff
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author's tenet is that the humane penal system in the Netherlands that is supported by the low rate of crime can continue. The accompanying comments by W Buikhuisen dispute that view.
Abstract: Noting that Holland's penal system is probably the most expensive, Gitchoff upholds the tradition of liberal and humane treatment of offenders. Sentences are generally not lengthy and community service is often an available option. The author warns that public demand for more restrictive and punitive measures, such as found in the U.S., may not reduce crime. In the accompanying "Imprisonment in Holland: Some Comments," Buikhuisen suggests that Gitchoff is ignoring society's pressures for a solution to the problem of increasing crime. Gitchoff's response emphasizes that he is urging government self-examination in its solution. 1 table.
Main Term(s): Foreign criminal justice systems
Index Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries; Criminal justice ideologies; Cross-cultural comparisons; Netherlands
Note: Slightly revised version of "Humane Approach to Corrections: Holland," in C.J. International, March-April 1988; includes "Imprisonment in Holland: Some Comments" by W Buikhuisen and Professor Gitchoff's response to Professor Buikhuisen.
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