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NCJ Number: 199963 Find in a Library
Title: Dutch Criminal Justice System: Organization and Operation, 2003
Author(s): Peter J. P. Tak
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 126
Sponsoring Agency: Netherlands Ministerie Van Justitie
2500 Eh the Hague, Netherlands
Publication Number: ISBN 90-5454-303-5
Sale Source: Netherlands Ministerie Van Justitie
Centrale Recherche Informatiedienst
2500 Eh the Hague,
Document: HTML
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This introduction to the Dutch criminal justice system describes both organization and main procedures, together with the basic principles that guide the operation of the criminal justice system.
Abstract: The introductory section provides an overview of current Dutch criminal justice trends and policies. It notes that the number of registered crimes increased almost fivefold in the Netherlands between 1970 and 2002, and proper law enforcement and the administration of criminal justice has become an issue of increasing concern. Recently, a crime-control policy plan was initiated to increase public expenditure for criminal law enforcement and the administration of justice by expanding the police force, the prosecution service, and the judiciary. Corrections continues to emphasize diversion and non-custodial community-based sentences, although prison sentences have become longer and prison capacity has increased. The second section of the book explains the history and main features of the Dutch criminal code, followed by a section on the history and content of the Dutch Code of Criminal Procedure. A section on the main organs of the criminal justice system focuses on the police force, its powers, organization, and responsibilities; the prosecution service, its organization and duties; the courts, their organization and composition; the probation service, its organization and main functions; and the bar and legal counsel, including legal aid. Other major sections of the book address issues of criminal law; issues of procedural law; the system of sanctions; sentencing; the prison system; early release, pardon, and aftercare of prisoners; and statistics on crime and sentencing. Appended demographic issues, statistical data, and 6 suggested readings
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries; Crime in foreign countries; Criminal procedures; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign courts; Foreign criminal justice systems; Foreign laws; Foreign police; Foreign sentencing
Note: Second revised edition; downloaded April 9, 2003.
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