As previously reported, the Dutch prison system is suffering a curious problem: they don’t have enough inmates, so they’re closing down prisons. In 2014, the government shutdown 19 facilities, while in 2009, they closed the doors on eight.
And in March this year, the Dutch government announced that five more institutions are slated for closure over the next few years.
Compare this with Australia. Here, correctional facilities are bursting at the seams. Overcrowding is a major problem in every state and territory, except Tasmania, and the Australian prison population is rapidly growing.