Journal of the Operational Research Society

, Volume 51, Issue 11, pp 1228–1237 | Cite as

An analytic model for capacity planning of prisons in the Netherlands

  • R Korporaal
  • A Ridder
  • P Kloprogge
  • R DekkerEmail author
Case-oriented Paper


In this paper we describe a decision support system developed to help in assessing the need for various types of prison cells. In particular we predict the probability that a criminal has to be sent home because of a shortage of cells. The problem is modelled through a queuing network with blocking after service. The main objective of our study is to describe our analytical method and an approximate algorithm to solve this network. Through simulation studies we evaluate our method. Both the analytic and the simulation tool are elements of the decision support system.


capacity planning prisons queuing network approximate algorithm 


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© Palgrave Publishers Ltd 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Erasmus UniversiteitRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Vrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Point Logic SystemsRotterdamThe Netherlands

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