Prison conditions: Italy given one year to improve

Italian prisoners complain about overcrowding. Photo: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Italian prisoners complain about overcrowding. Photo: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

South Africa’s prisons can’t cope with the large inmate population. According to EconomyWatch.com Italy’s correctional facilities are also overcrowded, with prison rights group Antigone estimating that the country’s prisons are currently at 142% capacity, with some prisons at over 268% capacity. The European Court of Human Rights has given the Italian government one year to improve prison conditions.

Read more at http://www.economywatch.com/in-the-news/eu-human-rights-court-fines-italy-for-overcrowded-prisons.10-01.html

The article is accompanied by a revealing documentary, “Justice in Italy” by Valentina Ascione and Simone Sapienza. Filmed inside Italian prisons, it features inmates talking about overcrowding, showering in their cells using small water bottles because ablution facilities are inadequate, and arbitrary treatment by wardens.

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