Corporate movies

There are several corporate movies about the Custodial Institutions Agency. You can watch those movies below.

This is DJI

The Netherlands has been locking up people as a form of punishment for quite some time. The Custodial Institutions Agency (in Dutch: Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen, DJI), carries out this task on behalf of the Ministry of Security and Justice.
The punishments and measures handed down by the judge are enforced by well-trained and motivated personnel. This makes DJI the specialist in detention. A large organisation that employs approximately 14,000 people.

DJI contributes to the safety of every one of us, by enforcing punishments and measures handed down by the judge.

(On a van and a uniform can be read: Custodial Institutions Agency. Someone places a finger on a scanner. A door and a hatch are opened. Someone closes a door and locks it. Onscreen title: This is DJI. Voice-over:)

The Netherlands has been locking up people as a form of punishment
for quite some time.
The Custodial Institutions Agency, or simply DJI,
carries out this task on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and Security.
The punishments and measures handed down by the judge
are enforced by well-trained and motivated personnel.
This makes DJI a specialist in detention.
A large organisation that employs more than 14,000 people.

(People walk through a hall and down a hallway.)

DJI contributes to the safety of every one of us,
by enforcing punishments and measures handed down by the judge.
This can happen within the walls of the correctional institution,
but also outside of one.
Every person detained at DJI is called a detainee.
DJI prepares detainees for their return to society.
This is done to prevent them from reverting to criminal behaviour.
We call this: reducing recidivism.

(An animation appears.)

The correctional institutions hand out 80,000 sandwiches per day.
Approximately 11 million kilometres are travelled per year
for transport and support.
And an average cell measures 5 x 2 x 2.5 metres.
Linen must be washed for more than 11,000 beds.
An adult detainee spends an average of 3.5 months behind bars.

(The animation disappears. DJI staff walk past a counter.)

There are different types of detainees.
Adult detainees, juveniles, patients and foreign nationals.
They aren't all held in the same type of prison.

(A door closes. Onscreen title: adult detention.)

Adult detainees on pre-trial, suspected of committing a crime,
are held in a remand centre.

(A man opens a cell door.)

These individuals are sent to prison after conviction by a judge.
The employees are trained specifically by the DJI training institute
to ensure safety in the correctional institutions.

(A man locks the cell door.)

They work with the detainees to build a socially acceptable existence
after they have served their time.

(A woman talks to a man. Judith:)

(Men sit behind sewing machines.)

The detainee must show that he wants to take responsibility by behaving well
and by actively partaking in his or her reintegration.

(Other men work with wood.)

This is possible by working in one of the workshops in the prison,
or by following specific courses.
If they don't do this,
they will face reduced participation in activities like sports,
or will have reduced visitation rights.
The ultimate goal is to ensure that as few detainees as possible
take up crime again once released.

(A door closes. Onscreen text: youth detention. A woman opens a door of a van.)

Juveniles who have committed a criminal offence or are suspected thereof,
are held in a correctional institution for juvenile offenders.

(A young man gets out.)

In the Netherlands, approximately 2,200 juveniles
are held in such an institution each year.
Most of them are between sixteen and twenty-one years old.
All correctional institutions for juvenile offenders
work with the same basic methodology: U-turn.
With this methodology it all revolves around
learning skills and individual responsibility.

(Young men are talking. Later they are sitting next to each other. Jan:)

(Young men are sitting in a room.)

Juveniles follow mandatory education during their detention term,
and treatment is an important part.
Each juvenile follows a personal future-oriented trajectory
which aims to ensure that he no longer shows criminal behaviour.

(A man walks over to a seated man and woman.)

The role of parents is also important.
They are invited for regular talks in the juvenile correctional institution,
and are present at parents evenings or at graduation ceremonies.

(The parents talk to the man. An animation appears.)

Detention is a costly matter.
Each day more than 11,000 individuals are in custody.
This costs approximately 2 billion euros per year.
That's a lot of money.
DJI invests in the future by introducing things like video calls,
which allows the judge to talk
to an offender and his or her lawyer through a monitor.
That saves costs for transport to and from the court.
Also, multi-inmate cells can be introduced more often.

(A bunkbed appears. The animation disappears.)

The Transport and Support service
is responsible for the transport of detainees and those arrested.
More than 150,000 transport turns take place each year.
The Transport and Support service is also responsible for maintaining order,

(A dog jumps up.)

for the searches using drug protection dogs
and for evacuations of correctional institutions.

(The dog sniffs.)

Complex security and police support are also some of the tasks
carried out by this department.

(A detention van drives over the terrain. A door closes. onscreen text: forensic care.)

Forensic care is usually imposed by the judge.
It forms part of a punishment or measure
for people who suffer from a mental or psychiatric disorder,
who committed a criminal offence.
The best-known measure within forensic care
is the forensic psychiatric treatment measure.

(A man goes and sits on a bed in a cell.)

A personal treatment plan is prepared for a patient in forensic care.
The purpose of such a plan is to change the person's behaviour
to such an extent that he does not commit a crime again.


Forensic care also works hard each day
to ensure that the patient can return to society safely.
Other authorities, like the Probation department
take care of the patient's needs once the treatment has been completed.

(A man leaves. A door closes. Onscreen text: immigration detention.)

Another group that DJI encounters is foreign nationals.
Immigration detention is a very complicated matter.
DJI works closely with many other organisations
like the police and the Central Agency for the reception of asylum seekers.

(A passport photo is taken of a man.)

A last resort, such as immigration detention, may be chosen
when someone tries to prevent deportation to the country of origin.
It generally applies that people who have been refused entry at the border,
and people who are not allowed to stay in the Netherlands any longer,
yet refuse to leave, end up in immigration detention.
They are then deported to their own country as prescribed by the law.


The period for which they're held
depends on the actual foreign national's willingness to cooperate.
If the foreign national cooperates, the period can be shortened dramatically.

(A man walks into a cell.)

DJI ensures during the immigration detention phase,
that cooperation organisations get all the room they need
to allow for the best possible preparation for the person's deportation.

(The man takes a book and goes and sits on a chair. There are bars in front of the window.)

Besides the Transport and Support service, and the DJI training institute,
there are 3 other national agencies:
The Netherlands Institute of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology,
the Spiritual Care Service and the Shared Service Centres.

(Someone unlocks the door.)

DJI employees work in buildings that are tailored especially
to the enforcement of punishments and measures.
They are trained intensively by the DJI Training Institute.
to work in a trustworthy, professional, respectful and people-oriented manner.
This in turn allows for peace and safety in the correctional institutions.
By maintaining this working method,
DJI strives to ensure that people don't take up crime again once released.

(A man walks down a hall past locked cell doors. Onscreen text: DJI. Where freedom ends and where it can begin again.)

(The Dutch coat of arms with next to it: Custodial Institutions agency. Ministry of Justice and Security. The image becomes blue with white. Onscreen text: All rights reserved. The production of copies and/or the distribution of (parts of) this film is strictly prohibited None of the individuals portrayed in this film is actually being detained.)

(A special thank you to the DJI employees. This a a publication of the Custodial Institutions Agency DJI Corporate Communication department. For more information visit Copyright 2019.)

Immigration detention in the Netherlands

The video 'Immigration detention in the Netherlands' shows how immigration detention works in The Netherlands. The video also gives answers to questions such as who is being held in immigration detention, why and where and for how long. It also explains the proces of departure from the Netherlands. The video was filmed in detention centres in Rotterdam, Zeist and Schiphol.

Movie of the Centre for Transcultural Psychiatry

This video about the Centre for Transcultural Psychiatry Veldzicht shows how patients with complex psychiatric problems are treated through a transcultural approach.

This movie is English subtitled