Corleone new prison asylum commissioner

Prison reformer, advocate, pledges to 'get it done asap'

(ANSA) - Rome, February 19 - Cabinet has nominated MP Franco Corleone as sole commissioner in charge of closing Italy's remaining facilities for the criminally insane, Health Undersecretary Vito De Filippo said Friday. The facilities were first set up in the mid-1970s and subsequently found unfit to house the prisoners, who were held in conditions of extreme neglect.
    A 2012 law abolished these facilities and replaced them with new, health-ministry approved secure psychiatric hospitals.
    Corleone, a former ombudsman for the rights of prisoners in Tuscany, is charged with shutting down facilities in Abruzzo, Calabria, Piedmont, Puglia and Tuscany within six months.
    "I intend to get it done as soon as possible," the former Senator, MEP, justice undersecretary and prison reformer told ANSA.
    Corleone, who has been affiliated with the Radical Party and the Green Party, has advocated for extensive prison reform, especially on the detention of people with AIDS, mothers, and underage offenders.