The organisation DJI consists of a head office, three divisions and a number of national services.

Head office

The head office is located in The Hague and controls the organisation. The main directorate consists of the general director and the deputy general director.

The general director reports to the Director General for Punish and Protect (DGSenB) of the Ministry of Justice and Security. Therefore he forms the link between the ministry and DJI.

Division forensic care/correctional institutions for juvenile offenders

Forensic care

Forensic care within the context of criminal law, covers all mental healthcare and care for mentally-handicapped adults subject to criminal court orders. In addition to around 1,350 people placed under hospital orders (TBS). As a consequence this also involves the procurement of care for inmates in special care places (in the prison system) who need care outside the prison. The treatments take place in:

  • 2 central government institutions (part of the Ministry of Security and Justice)
  • 10 private institutions (subsidised by DJI, but under their own management)
  • 4 Penitentiary Psychiatric Centres (PPCs)
  • 102 care institutions where treatment hours and places are purchased (such as healthcare institutions)

The average period of detention for a person with a hospital order is more than seven years.

Correctional institutions for juvenile offenders

Approximately 400 young people are detained daily in the correctional institutions for juvenile offenders. They receive support from staff during their stay. They are detained in one central government institution (part of the Ministry of Security and Justice) and four private institutions (subsidised by DJI, but under their own management).
Average period in detention:

  • pre-trial detention: 48 days
  • juvenile incarceration: 105 days
  • placement in a correctional institution for juvenile offenders (PIJ: measure – treatment within a juvenile centre): 1,313 days

Division prison administration/ immigration detention

Prison administration

Every day, the prison administration is responsible for 8,000 inmates in 30 locations. Inmates are detained for various reasons including:

  • pre-trial detention
  • custodial sentences
  • custodial measures
  • custodial sentences for unpaid fines

Immigration detention

Approximately 350 foreign nationals are held in detention centres. They are detained on the grounds of measures under administrative law, because they have been refused entry at the border (section 6 of the Aliens Act) or because they are living in the Netherlands illegally (section 59 of the Aliens Act). Foreign nationals are held in immigration detention in one of the three locations: Schiphol, Rotterdam or Zeist. They are placed in a detention centre to avoid absconding. They are not convicted of a crime, but it has been stipulated that they must leave our country. The average period of immigration detention is 70 days.

Division individual affairs

The division individual affairs is responsible for the selection and placement of detainees.

National services

Transport and Support Service (DV&O)

DV&O is responsible for the transport of detainees and persons under arrest, for example to and from the courts, and the transport of goods and penal records for the entire justice system. In doing this, it uses 450 prison vans and 500 passenger vehicles. DV&O handles 250,000 transport requests per year and covers 10 million kilometres every year. In addition, it also provides support for the national special assistance team, the internal special assistance team, complex security and supports people under police arrest.

Spiritual Care Service (DGV)

160 spiritual counsellors provide spiritual care to the inmates, patients and other detainees within the various institutions of DJI. DGV covers seven religions and spiritual movements:

  • roman catholic
  • protestant
  • jewish
  • islamic
  • buddhist
  • hindu
  • humanist

There are about 7,000 religious ceremonies, 12,000 group conversations and 65,000 individual conversations a year.

Security and Integrity Office (BV&I)

BV&I is heavily involved in the development of integrity policy and facilitates DJI in handling security and integrity issues regarding staff. This office checks people’s backgrounds and identifies integrity violations., and provides DJI with reports and recommendations regarding these issues.

The Netherlands Institute of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology (NIFP)

NIFP is the institute for forensic psychiatry and psychology. The most important activities of NIFP include the provision of opinions and recommendations to the judiciary, mediation, testing, observation and training. NIFP is also responsible for the clinical assessment for forensic care which is required when the court has ordered that someone needs clinical treatment. Part of NIFP is Pieter Baan Centrum, a secure observation and diagnostics clinic.

DJI Training Institute (OI DJI)

Specialized training and knowledge institute in the field of detention. With educational programmes this institute contributes to the expertise of employees.

Other services

  • Government Training Institute for the Prevention of Radicalization.
  • Shared Service Center DJI (SSC DJI): provides support to institutions in the areas of finance, procurement, personnel management and advice.
  • Shared Service Center ICT (SSC-I): is responsible for development and management of applications, infrastructure and staff workstations