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Italy's crammed prison cells condemned by Strasbourg

Inmates held in 'inhumane and degrading' conditions

08 January, 11:11
Italy's crammed prison cells condemned by Strasbourg (ANSA) - Strasbourg, January 8 - The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg condemned Italy for inhumane and degrading treatment on Tuesday for detaining prisoners in crammed cells. The ruling dealt specifically with the case of seven inmates at prisons in Busto Arsizio and Piacenza, both in northern Italy, who had fewer than three square meters of space.

The country's prison conditions have long been the source of criticism from human rights groups. Last month, the Permanent Observatory on Prison Deaths reported that inmate suicides in Italy are 20 times that of the general population, caused mostly by "environmental factors" and "illegal" detention conditions.