The Ministry of Security and Justice is responsible for maintaining the rule of law in the Netherlands, so that people can live together in freedom, regardless of their life-style or views. The Ministry is working towards a safer, more just society by giving people legal protection and, where necessary, intervening in their lives. It sometimes has to take radical measures: divesting parents of parental responsibility, for example, or putting convicted criminals in prison. It also gives people new prospects: for example, it helps prisoners return to society and provides support for victims of crime. These are all measures that only the Ministry of Security and Justice is entitled to take.