Call for candidates for the operation of transition houses

​The federal public service of justice has launched a call for candidates for the operation of transition houses. The first step in the necessary and total reform of our detention system becomes concrete.


Legislative change voted for placement in transition houses

On 28 June 2018 the ‘amendments to the law of 17 May 2006 on the external legal position of the condemned to deprivation of liberty and the rights granted to the victim in the window of the criminal execution’ including the insertion of a chapter II bis Placement in the transition House has been voted in the Chamber. These amendments shall enter into force on 8 July 2018.


Architect students at the UHasselt again create a series of scale models for possible detention houses.

Architect students at the UHasselt again create a series of scale models for possible detention houses.


The Houses is heard in the Justice Commission of the Belgian House of Representatives

The 25th of April 2018, The Houses was heard in the Justice Commission of the Belgian House of Representatives, about the law proposition containing various provisions in criminal matters, with the changes in the law on transition houses (p. 75-81).


The Houses receives the prize for most deserving criminological project of the Association of Graduated Leuven Criminologists

The Association of Graduated Leuven Criminologists (VLAC) honored us with the price for most deserving criminological project!

“What is special about this project is the interdisciplinary nature. Of course the achievement of this ambitious project requires time, commitment, perseverance and a broad social basis. Time, commitment and perseverance has vzw the houses. In addition, the concept of detention houses also on international interest. With this prize, we hope to do a small contribution to the further development of the social support that is necessary for the success of this project.”


Detention houses in ‘Punishment. A penological perspective’

Detention houses are named in ‘Punishment. A penological perspective’ by Kristel Beyens and Sonja Snacken (2017, Maklu), thé criminological reference work for the next decade, more specifically in the chapter about the ‘Belgian policy regarding the prison sentence and its alternatives’.


The houses as a model voor innovation in rehabilitation at the 2017 ICPA conference in London.

We presented The Houses as a model for innovation in rehabilitation at the ICPA (International Corrections and Prisons Association) conference in London in October 2017, under the title ‘Building better futures in better buildings’.


Masterplan Minister of Justice Koen Geens

On May 13, 2016 the Minister of Justice Koen Geens oresents his plan on prisons and internment, in a joint press release with the Minister of Social Affairs and public health Maggie De Block and Deputy Prime Minister of Security and Internal Affairs Jan Jambon.

A differentiated detention policy, with transition houses, is one of the four pillars of this Master plan: “There will be transition houses with a total of 100 places: these are small scale projects in which certain detainees (selected on the basis of a number of criteria) by the end of their sentence get the opportunity to spend the last part of the sentence in a transition house. There they are intensely assisted and guided to return to and better function in society.”


Discussion in the Justice Commission of the House of Representatives 8 juli 2015

The 8th of July 2015 there is a discussion about detention houses in the Justice Commission of the House of Representatives.


Label Flemish Architect

The Houses receives the label 004 of the Flemish Architect.

With the BWMSTR Label, the Flemish government Architect wants to pick up innovative and policy-relevant ideas from the research and design practice, and support unsolicited research in the early stages. The winners are given a modest budget to create a file for their project to find its way among policy-makers and administrations.

“Can scaling down new prisons and forensic psychiatric institutions lead to lower recidivism rates and generate profit as a society? The non-profit The Houses aspires a pilot project with spatial design research testing. The pilot project can give an idea of how and in what manner this vision on detention can translate within the structure of an urbanized landscape and the associated public policy. Simultaneously with this pilot project a network is developed that transcends the current, for detention dysfunctional breakdown ‘live - work - care - justice’ within government and administration.”


Standaard Solidarity Award

In 2013 The Houses was the laureate of the Standard Solidarity Award.

The ad calls for small-scale detention houses. Young people can come back to life there, work on the restoration of their errors, and take responsibility. The ad was created by communications agency What’s in a name? by Bruno Seys and Filip Vandewiele and appeared three times for free in the newspaper De Standaard.

‘Naughty boys matter’ appeared with 23 other full-page ads by non-profit organizations in De Standaard, after a preselection from over 100 entries. A jury of leading creative directors – Jens Mortier of Mortierbrigade, Odin Saille of Boondoggle and Jan Teulingkx from Saatchi – and representatives of the newspaper itself – Gert Ysebaert, Publisher,Emmanuel Naert, marketing manager, and Karel Verhoeven, editor-in-Chief – brought the selection to a shortlist of three; next to the bars that become a story, also the messages of Memisa and Studio Straid, and Natuurpunt and Duval Guillaume Modem jumped in the eye.


Resolution in the House of Representatives

On 10 October 2012 Sarah Smeyers, president of the Justice Commission, introduced a proposal for resolution ‘to set up a pilot project differentiated sentence implementation’ to be adopted by the House of Representatives. This resolution was signed by Renaat Landuyt, Sophie De Wit and Stefaan Van Hecke.