On May 4, 2016, Liberties announced the release of The Italian association Antigone annual report on the conditions of detention in the country: the prison system has achieved many goals, but there is still much work to do.
Overcrowding issue: significant decrease in the number of detained people, thanks to the implementation of alternative measures to detention, under which recidivism is almost non-existent. In fact, The report also highlighted an greater use of “messa alla prova” measures, which avoided the imprisonment of 7,818 persons who committed non-dangerous crimes.
Concerns are showed in relation to former psychiatric judiciary hospitals: they should have all been closed down by March 2015, but four out of six are still operating. Moreover, criticisms have been raised as regard to the continued use of restraint systems in psychiatric departments of ordinary prisons.
Italy’s improvements on the matter have been really appreciated, but it still needs to commit in order to ensure European Prisoners’ rights Standards.
For more information see: http://www.liberties.eu/en/news/antigone-report-on-prisons-conditions-2016