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Short Update: Antigone releases annual report including COVID-19 emergency in Italian prisons

FT Admin - June 10, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison monitoring

Antigone has released its sixteenth annual report, exploring the situation in Italian correctional facilities during 2019 and the first months of 2020.  

The report recounts the situation of Italian prisons before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the response of the Italian prison system to the pandemic. It shows, for example, that the occupancy rate had dropped to 112.2% from 130.4% before the pandemic.  

Antigone also made some proposals with the aim of improving the current situation in correctional facilities, such as: 

1. Reduce the number of offences 

2. Reduce the prison population by overcoming a prison-centric view of the penal system 

3. Change the law on drugs by reducing its repressive impact 

4. Allow smartphones and long-distance contacts to maintain prisoners' contacts with families and for educational purposes and activities related to inmates' personalised plans 

5. Investing in new technologies 

6. Transparency of information to the outside world 

7. Informing prisoners on all internal rules and practices 

8. A more active role of the health system, new doctors, and stable personnel 

9. Recognizing the role of volunteering 

10. Hiring 300 prison directors. 

To read the report, click here

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