Occupancy of TBS clinics increased again in 2019 for the first time in years, the report said WE Wednesday based on figures from TBS Netherlands. Because there are more and more requests, clinics even create extra beds.
The clinics are designed for an influx of about 100 people per year, but this has risen to 150 in recent years. In 2015, 1,655 people were in a TBS clinic, after which the number decreased. Last year, the number of TBS staff rose to 1,504.
According to Harry Beintema, chairman of TBS Nederland, the fact that there is a higher occupation again is due to the fact that judges more often opt for compulsory TBS treatment. At the beginning of this year it became clear that more perpetrators were sentenced to TB in 2019 than five years earlier.
According to Beintema, this is partly due to the “Michael P. effect”, by which he refers to the man convicted of raping and killing 25-year-old Anne Faber and the discussion that arose because P. was not previously imposed on tbs .
Focus on improving the outflow of TBS staff
Due to the higher influx, extra beds are being created, but research shows that TBS clinics mainly focus on improving the outflow of patients. The settings are according to the WE not in favor of opening new clinics, because the number of applications may drop again.
According to Beintema, clinics are increasingly struggling to find a place to live for TBS patients who have finished their treatment. According to him, the fact that this group is growing does not help.
Currently, 45 people are waiting in prison until they can go to a TBS clinic. The average waiting time last year was three months. From four months, which is bad for the treatment, according to TBS Nederland, the waiting TBS patient is eligible for a contribution of several hundred euros per extra month.