Antigone has released its sixteenth annual report, which explores the situation in Italian correctional facilities during 2019 and the first months of 2020.
The penitentiary system is facing a grave situation with the coronavirus pandemic, with protests and riots exploding on 8 March and the Government failing to elaborate a solution to limit the spread of the virus in prisons.
Six prison officers working at the Lorusso and Cutugno prisons have been arrested in Turin, on suspicion of having repeatedly tortured prisoners between April 2017 and November 2018.
In making his annual report to the Italian Parliament, the National Ombudsman has highlighted problem areas including migrants arbitrarily being denied rights in detention, overcrowding in prisons, and high suicide rates.
Overcrowding, lack of work opportunities and acts of self harm continue to blight Italy's penitentiary system.
A significant rise in the use detention has led to overcrowding in Italian prisons.
Liberties member Antigone agrees with the Committee for the Prevention of Torture's critical report of Italy for overcrowding in the country's prisons, as well for the many cases of ill treatment and the excessive use of solitary confinement.
It is very difficult for civil society to make itself understood by the media! Or, more probably, the media sometimes hears what it wants to hear from civil society. Antigone recently presented its annual report on...
Antigone has presented its 11th annual report on Italian prisons. Since 1998, the human rights organization has been running a prison observatory, with special authorization by the Ministry of Justice that allows its...
The Italian prison ombudsman has not been appointed yet, despite the fact that the law creating this position passed in December 2013. Antigone, the Italian association active in the field of prisoners' human rights...