'Death' better than prison

Hundreds of Italian convicts serving life prison terms have asked to be executed to protest against their sentences, which they describe as a form of punishment crueller than death itself, daily La Repubblica reported yesterday.

 'Death' better than prison
Hundreds of Italian convicts serving life prison terms have asked to be executed to protest against their sentences, which they describe as a form of punishment crueller than death itself, daily La Repubblica reported yesterday.

“Dear President of the Republic, we are tired of dying a little bit each day, we’d rather die once. We ask that our life sentences be replaced with the death penalty,” a total of 310 prisoners wrote in a letter addressed to President Giorgio Napolitano.

The letter’s authors, a number of whom were mobsters and killers, described the life sentence as “the wicked invention of a non-God ... a victory over death because it is stronger than death itself”.

Life imprisonment is the worst possible sentence that can be inflicted in Italy since capital punishment was abolished by the post-World War II constitution of 1947.
However, mitigating factors and good behaviour rewards mean hardly anyone actually remains in prison in Italy for more than 26 years.

Maria Luisa Boccia of the Refounded Communist party has drafted a bill about to be discussed by parliament calling for life imprisonment to be abolished.

According to Boccia, life sentences contradict the Italian constitution, which says convicted criminals should eventually be reinstated into social life. Her bill calls for life imprisonment to be replaced by 30-year prison sentences.

Just over 20% of Italy’s prison population is serving sentences of 20 years or more, according to Justice Ministry figures.
Last Mod: 02 Haziran 2007, 00:27
Add Comment