Netherlands to Increase Muslim Clerics as Prison Chaplains

January 26 2011

More imams and fewer Christian chaplains are to be hired for work in the Dutch prison system. A story in Trouw reveals an internal justice ministry document showing that 12 of the current 32 positions for non-religious posts providing advice to inmates are to be eliminated. At the same time, the number of Islamic clerics ministering to inmates will rise from 35 to 47. The total number of religious advisors in the prison system will be reduced from 177 to 160.