Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Decree to ease prison overcrowding approved


Rome, August 8 - A government decree designed to
ease chronic overcrowding in Italy's prisons won final approval
in the Senate Thursday.
The so-called "empty jails" decree passed in the Upper
House with 195 votes in favour, 57 against.
Some critics have said the legislation, which was approved
by the Lower House last week, will free dangerous prisoners.
However, proponents say that won't be the case.
The measure, drafted by Justice Minister Anna Maria
Cancellieri, says detainees convicted of minor crimes may 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 has said.
Italian jails hold 20,000 detainees more than capacity,
Cancellieri has said, adding that matters are even worse than
they appear on paper because numerous jail facilities 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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