(Washington, D.C.) –  The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Incarceration Nations Network will host an in-person screening of the documentary “Correcting Correctional Centers” on October 29.

The documentary, by Dr. Baz Dreisinger of Incarceration Nations Network and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, looks at innovative juvenile justice solutions that are relevant to the Netherlands and the United States. “Correcting Correctional Centers” features international examples of open, custodial youth facilities. The Netherlands has five of these open, small-scale juvenile facilities, where young offenders learn to take responsibility by giving them more freedom.

In 2019, there were nearly 4.9 million people younger than 25 in the Netherlands. According to the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics, more than 50,000 young people were registered as crime suspects in 2018. This represents 1.7 percent of youth between 12 and 24 years old, however, the share of young people registered as crime suspects declined steadily in the Netherlands between 2009 and 2018.

The decline in youth criminality led to an evaluation of the youth justice system, with the open, small-scale juvenile facilities, as one of the new transformations.

After the screening, a panel of juvenile justice experts will discuss innovations in the field from Dutch and US perspectives. Panelists include:

  • Baz Dreisinger of the City University of New York and author of the book, “Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World”
  • Jiske Wallace-Lems, Netherlands Custodial Institutions Agency, Ministry of Security and Justice
  • Clinton Lacey, president and CEO of Credible Messenger Mentoring Movement
  • Antonio Fernandez, a juvenile justice advocate and mentor

Dutch Ambassador André Haspels and Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine will give opening remarks.

The screening will take place at 10 a.m. October 29 at the embassy, 4200 Linnean Avenue, N.W, Washington, D.C. 20008.

Members of the media are invited to attend and should RSVP to WAS-PPC@minbuza.nl by the close of business October 27.