WETS Fact sheet for Dutch prisoners in the European Union
The Dutch government thinks that it is important that people can return to society successfully after their prison sentence.
Then they are less likely to reoffend. However, when you are a prisoner abroad, it is much more difficult to return to Dutch
society. This is why it is possible to serve a prison sentence in the Netherlands. This is called sentence transfer. There are two acts for sentence transfer: the Mutual Acknowledgement and Execution of the Transfer of Sentences Act (WETS) (within the European Union) and the Enforcement of Criminal Judgments Transfer Act (WOTS) (outside the European Union). This information sheet deals with the Mutual Acknowledgement and Execution of the Transfer of Sentences Act (WETS).