Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018

Prison decree passes in Lower House to ease overcrowding


Rome, August 5 - A government decree to tackle
prison overcrowding passed in Italy's Lower House on Monday with
317 yes votes, 106 no votes and one abstention.
The decree will now return for a vote in Senate.
The measure, drafted by Justice Minister Anna Maria
Cancellieri, provides for detainees convicted of minor
crimes to serve their term by doing social work outside prison.
The objective is to cut the number of inmates by 6,000
people in the next two years, Cancellieri said.
Italian jails are today holding 20,000 detainees beyond
their capacity, Cancellieri said, stressing that the
47,000-capacity was actually only on paper as a number of jail
units are currently closed for renovation.
Italy has been given a year by the European Court of Human
Rights to correct the "degrading and inhumane conditions" in its
prisons and to pay 100,000 euros in damages to seven inmates who
were detained in less than three square meters of space.

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