No more Belgian prisoners in Tilburg from 2017 on

Belgium has decided not to extend the lease agreement with Tilburg Penitentiary for another term. This means that the last Belgian prisoners will be returned to Belgium by 31 December 2016.

The staff at Tilburg Penitentiary was informed today. DJI Custodial Institutions Agency has started up the process of helping staff employed in a new position. Everything is done to have as many people as possible find a new, suitable job. The conditions laid down in the DJI Master Plan apply to all staff.

Belgium and the Netherlands in 2009 concluded a treaty on the lease of the penitentiary, which entered into effect in 2010. Tilburg Penitentiary performed the treaty to the full satisfaction of the Belgian authorities and, partly for this reason, the agreement was extended in the interim multiple times.