Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
ROME

Decree not aimed at 'emptying jails', minister says

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Rome, June 14 - A decree aimed at promoting
alternative detention measures set for approval by the cabinet
on Saturday will prevent up to 4,000 convicts from serving jail
terms and is not aimed at ''emptying prisons'', Justice Minister
Anna Maria Cancellieri said on Friday.
The decree, she said ''should not be read as one emptying
prisons, in fact it doesn't empty anything because it will
actually prevent 3-4,000 people who don't pose a social threat
from entering (detention)facilities''.
One day after announcing the measure, Cancellieri explained
the decree was not aimed at decreasing overcrowding in Italian
jails but rather identifying convicts who are not considered
dangerous and can therefore serve their terms without jail
confinement, under the judiciary's supervision.
''Quite another thing is overcrowding which has officially
reached 20,000 units but is actually much more significant and
therefore requires momentous intervention'', said the minister.
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 places in Italy, the
47-nation human rights organisation said, compared with a
European average of 105.

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