Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

Inmate commits suicide, 36th this year in Italian prisons


(ANSA) - Udine, August 30 - A 40-year-old inmate in the
northern town of Udine committed suicide overnight Wednesday,
becoming the 36th prisoner to take his own life in Italy since
the start of the year.
The prisoner was transferred from a Padua prison on
Wednesday and was serving time for domestic violence.
Ten days prior to his transfer the man was detained in the
jail's psychiatric ward.
Prison authorities say the man used his cellmate's belt to
hang himself in his cell.
Figures show that 186 people died in Italian prisons in
2011, 66 of them suicides.
Italy's prison population is now at its highest level since
World War II and recent estimates suggest it will continue
rising unless urgent action is taken, with the number expected
to climb above 100,000 this year.
Overcrowding is believed to be more than partly responsible
for the high number of suicides in Italian prisons compared to
those in most other developed countries.

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