Source: European Parliament
In the ‘Filippo Del Papa’ prison of Vicenza, in November 2019 100 prisoners were transferred for offences relating to organised crime in Italy. These prisoners are in addition to those already being held in the Vicenza prison for the same type of crime, bringing the number of offenders convicted of mafia-related crimes to 200 and the total number of prisoners to 415, when the prison’s maximum capacity is 286. Vicenza’s prison is in a state of emergency with a severely deficient surveillance system; the arrival of new offenders convicted of mafia crimes is worsening the prison situation and increasing the danger of infiltration of mafia-type criminal organisations in the province of Vicenza. As prison overcrowding is a problem which affects the whole of Italy, and taking note of the European Parliament resolution of 25 October 2011 on organised crime in the European Union (2010/2309 (INI)), which, in paragraph 32, calls for ‘suitable detention provisions for offences relating to organised crime […⦎ to prevent prisoners from continuing to lead organisations during their sentences or from helping them to achieve their aims by committing further crimes’,
can the Commission answer the following questions:
1 How does it intend to address the urgent problem of overcrowding in Italian prisons?
2 What is its view of this ‘prison tourism’, given that prisoners will have to travel for trial hearings from the north to the south of Italy?