Napolitano says condition of prisons hurts credibility

President urges reforms to cut prison numbers

(ANSA) - Rome, September 27 - The condition of Italy's prisons damages the country's credibility, President Giorgio Napolitano said Thursday. He urged reforms to the legal system to reduce the number of people sentenced to jail. He said he had "renewed hope" in reforms that will improve prison conditions while finding "alternative sentences to prison". The president spoke after a meeting with criminal justice representatives, including Franco Corleone, who advocates for prisoners' rights. Later, Corleone said that Italian laws are outdated when compared with other European jurisdiction in such areas as length of trials. As well, stiff laws involving illegal drugs have led to prison overcrowding, said Corleone. "The president seemed convinced of the need to intervene".

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