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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 29 n° 317

Reduce overcrowding in prisons to prevent radicalisation, urge MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 ottobre 2017

carcereEU member states should improve prison conditions across the EU, so as to protect the health and wellbeing of inmates and staff, favour rehabilitation and reduce the risk of radicalisation, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. To help prevent radicalisation, MEPs also recommend staff training, prison intelligence, interfaith dialogue and psychological care.MEPs say that imprisonment, and especially pre-trial detention, should be a last-resort option, reserved for legally justified cases, and consider it particularly inappropriate for vulnerable individuals such as minors, the elderly, pregnant women and people with serious illnesses.For convicts who do not present a serious danger to society, MEPs advocate alternatives to prison, such as detention at home, community service and electronic tagging.Parliament encourages member states to allocate adequate resources for the refurbishment and modernisation of prisons, adapt detention rules to the prisoners and the level of risk they pose and provide inmates with a balanced programme of activities and time outside their cells . The specific needs of female inmates should also be taken into account, especially during pregnancy and after giving birth, it adds.MEPs also warn that the increasing privatisation of prison systems may worsen detention conditions and undermine respect for fundamental rights. They point to high suicide rates among prisoners and condemn the prison dispersal policy applied by some member states, which they say represents an added penalty affecting prisoner´s families.The own-initiative report was approved by 474 votes to 109, with 34 abstentions.

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