Italy: challenges ahead
The opportunity of a reform approval is now lost. Read Antigone's full report.
– Published 25 May 2018.
Antigone has been advocating for a long time to urge the Government to reform the penitentiary system. A law was supposed to bring significant changes, such as:
- Equalization of psychiatric diseases to physical diseases with the aim of providing an adequate medical and juridical treatment.
- The improvement and modernization of some aspects of the detainees’ life in prison.
- The citation of European Penitentiary Rules in the new penitentiary code.
- The enlargement of alternatives measures which are by far less expensive than prisons, and more effective in reducing reoffending and guaranteeing society security.
They would have represented a step forward for the penitentiary system, but recent events show that it will not happen.
These reforms, while necessary, only covered a few aspects of what needed to be done, according to Antigone. You may discover below the main facts brought to light by the association’s annual report.
An increase of 600 people in the past three months
Surveillance judges in Lazio region grant seven times less temporary permits than in Lombardy
123 people died in Italian prisons in 2017: 52 were suicides
72 % more inmates under watch for radicalization
In Italy, there are several prison newspapers
Antigone is Prison Insider’s correspondent since November 2015. The organization defends human rights within the Italian penal and penitentiary system. They organize cultural events, publish thorough investigations, offer advice to authories writing normative texts and visit prisons.
• Their website
• Their annual report, in Italian