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Belgium: a group of 55 magistrates will experience life in prison

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The magistrates arrived at 7 a.m. in Haren prison, a new establishment with a capacity of 1,190 detainees which is due to open its doors on September 30, explained a spokeswoman for the prison administration.

They will be treated as real detainees until the end of the operation scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m., she said.

Judges obviously know how things work in a prison, but experiencing it for themselves gives them a unique opportunity that can help them pass sentences with full knowledge of the facts.said Federal Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne, quoted in the press release.

The operation will also allow prison staff to prepare for the upcoming opening of this new type of establishment. featuring small living units and taking a modern approachadded the Flemish official, a member of the liberal party Open Vld.

Like the real inmates

criminal judges, investigating judges, prosecutors […]volunteered. They […] must follow the orders and instructions of the prison staff. The aim is to make incarceration as realistic as possible”,”text”:”The participating magistrates – criminal judges, investigating judges, prosecutors […]– volunteered. They […] must follow the orders and instructions of the prison staff. The goal is to make incarceration as realistic as possible”}}”>Participating magistrates – criminal judges, investigating judges, prosecutors […] – volunteered. They […] must follow the orders and instructions of the prison staff. The goal is to make incarceration as realistic as possiblethe statement added.

They will not be able to use their mobile phone, but will have the possibility of receiving family visits, as is the case for real prisoners.

Magistrates will follow the normal daily inmate schedule, eat the same meals and perform the same mandatory activities. They will, among other things, be employed in the kitchen and laundry. At 10 p.m., the lights go out, the ministry said.

If they have hard to bear this stay in prisonor for any other reason, the magistrates will have the possibility of interrupting the experiment at any time.

This immersion offers magistrates who sentence people to prison the opportunity to experience what deprivation of liberty meansexplained Rudy Van de Voorde, Director General of Penitentiary Establishments.

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