Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018

Decree for release of prisoners set to pass cabinet Saturday


(see related)Rome, June 13 - A decree for the release
of up to 4,000 prisoners from Italy's overcrowded jails is set
for approval on Saturday by the country's cabinet, Interior
Minister Annamaria Cancellieri said on Thursday.
Broader prison-reform plans "will take more time. We have
to provide an answer to Europe this May and I intend to launch
the plan for the fall," Cancellieri said.
The European Court of Human Rights rejected Italy's appeal
against a sentence condemning Rome for the state of Italian
jails in May, giving the country one year to find a solution to
its prison overcrowding and to implement a procedure for paying
damages to victims.
In April, Italy had formally challenged the
Strasbourg-based court when it ordered Rome to correct the
"degrading and inhumane conditions" in its prisons and to pay
100,000 euros in damages to seven inmates.
In January the court, which is part of the Council of
Europe, harshly criticized authorities for holding prisoners in
crammed cells, specifically seven men held in fewer than three
square meters of space at prisons in Busto Arsizio and Piacenza,
both located in northern Italy.
There are 147 inmates for every 100 place in Italy, the
47-nation human rights organisation said, compared with a
European average of 105.

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