Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

President Napolitano says Italian prisons 'unconstitutional'

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Milan, February 6 - Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano strongly denounced Italian prison conditions on
Wednesday calling them "unconstitutional" during a visit to the
San Vittore prison in Milan, and urged politicians and voters to
make prisons a priority political issue.
"No one wants to deny the gravity of the emergency" of
prison overcrowding, Napolitano said.
The president added that "the Italian prison situation does
not permit (legally) guaranteed living space" for prisoners, and
conceded that Italy violated its constitution and European Union
rules by not providing humane conditions that allow
rehabilitation.
Napolitano called the prison issue "one of the essential
rights of the State".
"I am at stake, I must say, under my responsibility as
president of the republic, (as are) the prestige and honor of
Italy," Napolitano declared.
Napolitano called for prison overcrowding to be taken up by
"all the political powers and even by the citizen-electorate" in
the parliamentary elections February 24-25.
"I have many times, even very recently, welcomed every
opportunity to denounce the unsustainability of prison
conditions" and "hoped that those appeals would have been
received" to a greater extent, Napolitano concluded.

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