Aliens within the criminal justice system

At Veldzicht we can accommodate up to 28 aliens who have been placed in detention as a result of having (or being suspected of having) committed a crime and who have been diagnosed with psychiatric problems. These patients are referred to us from the Ter Apel penal institution, where they are unable to remain because of their disorder.

Various groups of aliens are accommodated on our Zuid ward. Depending on their disorder, the care they receive is more or less intensive. Patients who are given intensive care are often suffering from schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and dissociative disorders. We also treat aliens with a psychiatric disorder who have been placed in an institution for repeat offenders.

The alien follows a care programme that is designed to reduce the pathology. If his or her situation is stable, the alien returns to the Ter Apel penal institution to serve his or her sentence or await the court hearing. If patients have been placed in an institution for repeat offenders, they will return to the Veenhuizen penal institution (Esserheem site).

Should they be unable to return to this institution, at Veldzicht we will prepare them to return to their country of origin. During this process Veldzicht’s social workers work together with other partners in the chain: the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) and the Repatriation & Departure Service (DT&V).

As they have committed a crime, these patients have been declared to be illegal or undesirable, which means they are not permitted to move freely within society. For that reason they are not allowed to go outside the centre and do not leave the secure ring of the Veldzicht site.