'Ex-barracks can be used to ease jail overcrowding'
Amnesty should apply 'to everyone' says justice minister14 October, 18:44
Parliament is divided over an amnesty to cut the prison population which is way over capacity and has brought repeated calls for action from the EU.
President Giorgio Napolitano said Friday an amnesty was the best way to improve "disgraceful" conditions which have been linked to a high suicide rate among inmates.
Napolitano was irked by suggestions the amnesty might apply to ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's recent tax-fraud conviction, for which he is set to do a year's community service after a looming ejection from the Senate.
Cancellieri initially said an amnesty should not cover financial crimes but later said she agreed with Institutional Reform Minister Gaetano Quagliarello that it should apply to everyone.