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Prisons ombudsman says overcrowding getting worse

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Prisons ombudsman says overcrowding getting worse
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(ANSA) - Rome, March 26 - Italy's prisons ombudsman Mauro
Palma said on Wednesday that overcrowding in the nation's jails
deteriorated last year.
In his report to parliament, Palma said the prison population
rose by 2,047 to 60,472 last year, while the system has a
capacity for 50,514.
He said this rise was "worrying" and stressed that
"overcrowding is not fake news".
Palma said that 887 fewer people entered Italy's prisons last
year, so the rise was caused by a reduction on the number of
inmates being released.
Lower House Speaker lamented that "unfortunately Italy has
not fully complied to its Constitutional and international
obligations" against subjecting people to torture and degrading
treatment.

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