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Anti-torture Committee expresses concern about overcrowding of prisons in Italy

19/11/2013

Anti-torture Committee expresses concern about overcrowding of prisons in Italy
 

Strasbourg, 19.11.2013 – The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) today published a report on its most recent visit to Italy, in May 2012, in which it expresses concern about persistent overcrowding in prisons. The Committee also published a report on an ad hoc visit in June 2010. The reports were published together with the Italian government’s responses (2012, 2010).

In the prisons visited in 2012, inmates generally spoke favourably about the manner in which they were treated. However, at Vicenza Prison the CPT’s delegation received a number of allegations of physical ill-treatment (kicks and punches). The Committee recommends that the authorities introduce clear reporting procedures for reporting such allegations to external bodies.

Material conditions of detention were adequate in many respects at the prisons visited, with the exception of Palermo Ucciardone Prison, where most of the detention units were in a poor state of repair and the level of hygiene left much to be desired. (more...)

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