New visitation scheme at JICN: Relationship Enhancing Visit from 8th July 2024

The Correctional Institution Caribbean Netherlands (JICN) is introducing a new scheme for detainees from the 8th of July 2024: Relationship Enhancing Visit (RBB). This scheme, which has been in place in normal-security correctional facilities since 2015, offers detainees the chance of having undisturbed and personal contact with their visitors. This contributes to their reintegration into society.


What do Relationship Enhancing Visits (RBB) entail?

RBB allows detainees to receive unsupervised visits once a month. This visit helps maintain and strengthen ties with family and partners, which is essential for the return of the detainee to society

Criteria for RBB

  • The detainee must have resided in a normal-security facility for six consecutive months.
  • The visit must contribute to the reintegration of the detainee, according to the warden.
  • The relationship between the detainee and the visitor must be close and enduring.
  • The interests of investigation and prosecution must not be compromised.
  • The detainee must have been promoted.

Conditions for visit

  • The visitor must be at least 18 years old and have completed six consecutive months of regular visits.
  • Visitors with children are not admitted to RBB.
  • Visitors must be prepared to undergo clothing checks and searches before and after the visit.
  • Detainees must cooperate in visitation before and after RBB moment.

Positive impact on reintegration

Relationship Enhancing Visit (RBB) plays a crucial role in the reintegration process of detainees. It helps them strengthen their social ties and provides emotional support, contributing to their successful return to society. By maintaining strong relationships with family and partners, detainees can maintain a sense of normalcy and support, which increases their motivation and well-being during the detention period. This can also lead to a reduction in recidivism, as detainees with strong social networks are better able to adapt to life after detention. RBB provides a structured and controlled way to strengthen these important ties, reducing the likelihood of relapse into criminal behaviour.

Success stories and prospects

Since the introduction of similar schemes in 2015, many detainees in the European Netherlands have successfully used the opportunity to maintain close relationships during their detention. This contributed to their successful reintegration and reduction of recidivism. JICN is determined to continue this positive trend with the introduction of RBB.