Inmates plan protest over soaring shop prices

Inmates plan protest over soaring shop prices
Prisoners are planning to protest against the soaring cost of products in the prison shop. Photo: Ben/Flickr
Inmates of a Florence jail are set to protest over prices in the prison shop, local media has reported.

From the first week of July, prisoners at Sollicciano jail will be protesting “against the prices of products on sale compared to those outside the institution, which have increased in respect to prices at supermarkets outside,” La Nazione Firenze quoted prisoner rights advocate Franco Corleone as saying.

The inmates have also complained of poor living conditions and overcrowding at the Florence jail.

News of the protest was announced on Thursday, the same day Italian Justice Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri announced plans to ease prison overcrowding. There are just 45,000 places in Italian jails, but 66,000 detainees.

Earlier this month President Giorgio Napolitano responded to a ruling against Italy by the European Court of Human Rights over the issue, saying it was “mortifying confirmation” of the state’s inability to uphold prisoners’ rights.

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