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The Difficult Conditions Inside Italian Prisons: Signs of Change?

Asher D. Colombo and Luigi La Fauci

Keywords: AMNESTY; OVERCROWDING; PENAL CODE; PRISON POPULATION; PRISONS; REMAND; SENTENCES

In 2013, the European Court of Human Rights found that the conditions inside Italian prisons were so bad, they amounted to inhuman and/or degrading punishment. Since that time, the Italian government has attempted to reduce overcrowding inside prisons. This chapter shows that most of the reduction in overcrowding has not been the result of amnesties, pardons, or other forms of early release, such as electronic tagging. Rather, it is the result of changes that have decreased the number of individuals entering prison, in particular prisoners on remand and those awaiting final sentencing.

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