Jails "mortifying" problem, says Napolitano
President says politicians must deal with woeful jail conditions08 October, 16:58
The country is continually embarrassed before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg because it cannot deal with an emergency situation in the prison system, Napolitano said in a message to the Italian Parliament.
He urged politicians to face the issue of overcrowding and the related problems in prisons "with determination and concreteness".
Napolitano issued a similar plea in June, calling for quick decisions from the government to deal with overcrowding and the degrading treatment of prisoners.
The situation has also been condemned by European Union watchdogs.
Earlier this year, the Strasbourg court rejected Italy's appeal against a condemnation of Rome for the state of Italian jails.
Italy had formally challenged the Strasbourg-based court when it ordered Rome to correct the "degrading and inhumane conditions" in its prisons and to pay 100,000 euros in damages to seven inmates.
The country's prison conditions have long been a source of criticism from human rights' groups.