di Marcello Mento
Rome, July 4 - The number of juvenile prisoners held in Italian jails dropped by about a third last year to 1,252 compared with 1988, according to a report released Thursday by civic rights association Antigone. The percentage of foreign juvenile inmates remained stable, with higher percentages in the northeast, or 70%, and 66% in central Italy and 57% in the northwest, according to the report called "It's Not Minor Justice" by Susanna Marietti. Females in the period ranged between 17% and 15% of the total reported to the police for a crime, though in prison they made up only 6% of the total. In the period in question, some 100 episodes of self-harm were identified as well as 26 suicide attempts.