Marcello dell'Anna (V)

MARCELLO DELL’ANNA has spent most of his life in prison. He was sentenced to the ergastolo ostativo penalty (life imprisonment without the possibility of parole) at the age of 23, when he was one of the leaders of the Sacra Corona Unita (an Italian mafia based in the region of Apulia).

Marcello dell’Anna accepted the principles of a letter writing exchange with a Swiss journalist, Laurence Bolomey, and a regular publication of his letters on the Prison Insider website.

Marcello sent a new letter to Laurence, 1st January 2017, (read here. Here’s the continuation of this discussion.

The course of your 25 years of consecutive imprisonment seems to be of someone very powerful, driven by a strong will to move forward, to study, to become, as you say, a better person.

Studies, writing and culture have made me catch a glimpse of prison and sentencing as an opportunity for reflection and ethical and intellectual growth of hope; yes, truly hope.