President Napolitano says Italian prisons 'unconstitutional'
Calls on politicians and voters to make it a political priority06 February, 13:30
Napolitano called the prison issue "one of the essential rights of the State".
"I am at stake, I must say, under my responsibility as president of the republic, (as are) the prestige and honor of Italy," Napolitano declared. Napolitano called for prison overcrowding to be taken up by "all the political powers and even by the citizen-electorate" in the parliamentary elections February 24-25. "I have many times, even very recently, welcomed every opportunity to denounce the unsustainability of prison conditions" and "hoped that those appeals would have been received" to a greater extent, Napolitano concluded.