Amsterdam planning to segregate antisocial offenders in out of town 'scum villages'
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal, Local Government
The Mayor of Amsterdam has proposed exiling nuisance neighbours to specially built "scum villages" outside the city.
According to the Amsterdam daily Het Parool, a task force has been set up to track the most persistent offenders behind the 13,000 antisocial incidents the city records every year.
Offenders will be compelled to take a six-month course in the camps or face eviction from their social homes. Those that live in the camps will be under 24-hour supervision. During their six months in the camp, offenders will be taught "how to behave", with those failing to learn also being made homeless.
A spokesperson for the Mayor said: "The aim is not to reward people who behave badly with a new five-room home with a south-facing garden. This is supposed to be a deterrent."
The Labour Mayor, Eberhard van der Laan, has set aside £810,000 for the project. The camps have been labelled "scum villages" by some, after the Party for Freedom leader, Gert Wilder, last year suggested that repeat offenders should be exiled from their communities and sent to a "village for scum".
The Mayor said that antisocial offenders should be driven out rather than their suffering neighbours. The scheme will start in January.