Prisons, Guarantor: “Number of suicides never so high, reform immediately”

Palma: “72 deaths in ten months, serious concern. Yes to substitutive sanctions for imprisonment for minor offenses”

The National Guarantor of the rights of persons deprived of personal liberty Mauro Palma expresses “serious concern for suicide events that continue to occur in Italian prisons. It is not only the number of interrupted lives that arouses alarm, never so high, with 72 deaths from suicide in ten monthstwo of which yesterday – reads a note – but also the fact that these events often concern restricted persons for minor offenses and therefore with short or very short sentences. Often fragile people on whom prison can have an even harder impact.

In light of this situation, the National Guarantor recalls having “greeted with particular favor – underlines Palma – the introduction in the recent justice reform of alternative sanctions to imprisonment for minor offenses. Reform whose entry into force is scheduled for next November 1: this – he says – will be the real signal that the world of detention, including those who work in it, is waiting “.

The National Guarantor, concludes the note, “is aware of the difficulties in initiating other aspects of the overall reform but is certain that the urgency of the issue, of which suicides are a signal, and the words shared by the minister will induce particular attention that the part relating to sanctions is implemented without any postponement “.