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Italy's inmates up over 11 years, but lower than 2010


Rome, December 18 - Italian statistics agency
Istat said on Tuesday that over the last 11 years the country's
prison population has increased by 25.8%, though remained lower
than European per capita figures.
Overcrowding, however, is the second highest in Europe,
with 153 prisoners per 100 beds, just below Serbia where the
rate is 172 per 100 beds.
Marco Pannella, the historic leader of Italy's Radical
Party, continues a week-long thirst-and-hunger strike over
conditions in the nation's prisons calling for an amnesty to
stop chronic overcrowding and for prisoners to have the right to
According to the Istat report, 66,897 prisoners were
registered in the country's jails in December 2011, a reduction
of 1.6% compared to figures from December 2010.
The average EU rate of detention per 100,000 inhabitants is
127.7, while Italy's figure is slightly less at 112.6.
Istat also reported that 20.5% of inmates are still
awaiting trial and 11.1% are in appeals.
Just over half (56.8%) are serving definitive convictions,
while the most common violations are drug related (27,459),
followed by property crimes such as robbery and theft.

Photo: Leader of Italy's Radical Party, Marco Pannella

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