Criminals staying illegally in Belgium will soon no longer be freed in advance, except if they leave the country. This is part of a law project drawn up by the Justice Minister Koen Geens and the State Secretary for Asylum and Immigration Theo Francken. It was mentioned by the Het Laaste Nieuws on Thursday. Criminals staying illegally can also no longer expect alternative sanctions like an electronic bracelet or community service. These sanctions are designed to better integrate prisoners, so do not concern individuals who have to leave the country, according to Mr Geens and Mr Francken.
Prisoners staying illegally who want to leave prison in advance can only do so if they leave Belgium. If these prisoners come back to Belgium, they have to serve the rest of their sentence.
The Justice Minister and the State Secretary for Asylum and Immigration also want to prepare the ex-prisoner for deportation 6 months before they are freed, whereas as it’s to 2 months today.