The much-discussed information moment about the detention house took place in the Liberal Circle on Wednesday 6 July. This will come in 2025 in the former gendarmerie barracks on the Aalstersesteenweg, opposite the Hartencollege.
Mayor Tania De Jonge: “The residents of a detention house are short-term prisoners, people who return to society in a relatively short period of time. A detention house offers them the right framework to prepare for this, by teaching them to stand on their own two feet and ensure that they contribute to society instead of being a burden. Supervision and guidance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including a daily follow-up of each resident, special attention to any problems and permanent support at every step of the reintegration. The city council wants to contribute constructively to this. This allows us to ensure that convicts in Ninove and the surrounding area no longer walk around freely, but must effectively serve their sentences. Everyone must take responsibility to end impunity. We cannot accept that convicts in Ninove go unpunished.”
Minister of Justice Vincent Van Quickenborne: “There is great unanimity in parliament about the concept of detention houses. I myself have taken up my responsibility by furnishing the first detention house in my home city of Kortrijk. If we want to end impunity, everyone must take responsibility. It is not possible for a novice street criminal to pile up conviction after conviction with impunity and develop into a professional criminal. Henceforth, the punishment will be carried out from the first offense. Anyone who shows that they are motivated to improve their delivery can do so in a detention house. Experiences from the Netherlands and abroad show that this does not cause any nuisance in the neighbourhood, but rather ensures that recidivism, the relapse into criminal offenses after release, strongly decreases. In Ninove, too, we contribute to more safety and more justice.”