Number of inmates in Belgian prisons reaches 10-year low

The number of inmates in Belgium has dipped below the symbolic threshold of 10,000 for the first time in ten years. 

The exact number has been calculated at 9,984 at present. Belgian gaols have been overcrowded for years, and Belgium even rented accommodation in the Netherlands to tackle the problem. 

The drop is mainly due to the fact that many detainees are staying in forensic psychiatric centres now. Another factor is that suspects or convicted criminals who were staying in Belgium illegally, have been sent back to their country of origin.