Napolitano says Italy has only 8 months for prison reform
European human rights ordered improvements to Italy's jails08 October, 17:30
That order gave Italy a deadline of May 20, 2014, Napolitano said in a message to leaders of both Italy's Senate and its Lower House demanding action.
Earlier this year, the Strasbourg court rejected Italy's appeal against a sentence condemning 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 the source of criticism from human rights' groups.