brussels - 'Brave' prisoners in Belgium need to be in the cell from the 6th of July alone. To this emergency measure, Minister Koen Geens (Justice) has decided to reduce overpopulation in prisons.
According to Belgian media, the measure does not apply to prisoners who are in charge of criminal offenses or in connection with terrorism or for whom an unconditional sentence is issued for more than ten years.
In the week the convicted person is 'free' he can go home. Only prisoners who have already proved to be bound by previous engagements are eligible. The prison directors have already been informed.
The Belgian government, which has been typified by human rights organizations regularly because of the overpopulation in detention centers, has previously taken such an emergency measure. According to statistics (last figures of 2014), Belgium has 9592 detainees but stays at 11,769. The ministry acknowledges that the measure is a bleach for bleeding.