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20 prisoners waiting for a place in drug-free wing Hasselt
Hasselt In Hasselt prison stay of 26 inmates in a special drug-free department. On the waiting list are still 20 names. “Drug use remains a problem,” says Kathleen Of The Pond, spokeswoman for the Prison system. “More than one in three admits to using drugs in the prison.”

In the whole of Belgium, there are only two drug-free wings for male inmates. In the prison of Bruges, with 80 places, there is already more than 10 years. The other was in 2015 founded in Hasselt.

Since the end of the 2017 runs in Hasselt is a pilot project around drug addict inmates, financed by the ministry of Health. With a grant of $ 125,000 to be a nurse, a psychologist and a physician recruited to the drug problem in mapping, and inmates who want to wean support.

“The detainees who are sitting there, ask yourself help for their addiction. Therefore, we should be alcohol and drugscontroles do, what in the other departments is prohibited by law. They also get a lot more than in the rest of the prison, a fixed daily schedule. They eat at fixed times, to work and receive training in cooperation with the VDAB, Men with a conviction for zedenfeiten there are, however, not welcome”, says Of the Pond.


In the department in Hasselt can be up to 26 prisoners to be included. On a waiting list are still 20 names. The prisoners come from all over Flanders.

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