Prison Watch is an independent organisation that carries out research and provides training on prison related topics. The mission of Prison Watch is to encourage that prisoners are being treated in a humane way and that the prison rules are respected. Prison Watch is specialised in foreign national prisoners and independent monitoring. Clients are national and international (non)governmental organisations, prison services and universities.





                          Prison Watch

                          De Meent 9

                          3621 VS  Breukelen

                          The Netherlands









Biography founder Prison Watch Dr. Femke Hofstee-van der Meulen is founder of Prison Watch. Since January 2017 she is deputy prison governor in the penitentiary institution Alphen aan den Rijn in The Netherlands. From 2009 to 2016 Femke was senior inspector of prisons at the Inspectorate of Security and Justice which is part of the Dutch Ministry of Security of Justice. Within the Inspectorate she led several projects including the investigation into the death of the Russian asylum seeker Alexander Dolmatov, police detention in the Netherlands, solitary confinement and forensic care in De Woenselse Poort. Femke finalised her PhD thesis at Tilburg University on consular assistance to Dutch nationals in foreign detention in 2015. At Leiden University Femke studied History and post-graduate international law. She was stagiaire at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and European Commission in Brussels before becoming personal assistant to one of the Vice Presidents of the European Parliament from 1998 to 2000. From 2001 to 2002 Femke was personal assistant to Baroness Vivien Stern at the House of Lords and Research Associate at the International Centre for Prison Studies in London. Upon her return to the Netherlands she started Prison Watch in 2003.

  TEDx talk by Femke Hofstee-van der Meulen (2012)