Italy: imagine a colourful prison...

// Series “a typical day in prison” (5)

In prison, days follow one another but are not always identical. The conditions of detention, the rhythm of the days, the possibility of receiving visits, medical treatment, the food, or even access to one’s right to defense, vary considerably from one prison to another, from one country to another. Prison Insider publishes testimonials of people who live or have lived in prison and can share their experience. This series of testimonials, “A day in prison”, puts into words the varying realities of imprisonment around the world.

— In partnership with Antigone.

Marco has been imprisoned for 16 years. He tells Prison Insider about a typical day as an inmate in Rebibbia prison, close to Rome.

I don’t understand why everything has to be grey… no colors… maybe it is intentional. I’m not sure about it, but I do know that all this greyness in prison heightens one’s depression. Imagine a colorful prison…

The voices all sound the same when muffled by armored doors and TVs.




Antigone has been Prison Insider’s reporter since November 2015. The organization defends human rights in the Italian penal and penitentiary system. It organizes cultural events, publishes in-depth surveys, offers advice to authorities in charge of writing standard texts, and visits the prisons.