“For the violence against inmates in the prison of Santa Maria Capua Vetere 75 police officers and prison administration staff were suspended for various reasons. There remain other suspects, for which the investigating judge has specified that there is no certainty of their presence. “If we want to take charge of the evils of prison and prevent similar episodes of violence in the future, it is necessary to implement a multi-level strategy. In particular, it is necessary to act on material structures, on the personal and on the training.
These are the words of the Minister of Justice Marta Cartabia who reported to the House about the beatings at the jail of Santa Maria Capua Vetere. It was, he explains, “not a reaction but of one cold violence“The pandemic,” acknowledges the minister, “has exasperated everyone”, a situation in Italian prisons, she stresses, which was already in difficult conditions, but it is essential to face the chronic problems of our prisons.
“A broad investigation is now needed on all Italian prisons “. For this purpose, an inspection commission of the Dap has been appointed which will visit all the prisons where ” serious events of March 2020“, to evaluate the correctness of interventions related to riots in prisons, he explains Cartabia. In the disclosure he underlines, “the prison is the mirror of our society and it is a piece of the Republic that we cannot remove from our gaze and our consciences. Overcrowding in prisons is getting worse. “
The violence and humiliation suffered by inmates are “a very serious wound to the dignity of the person, the cornerstone of our civil coexistence, as the Constitution requires, born from the history of a people who have known the contempt for the value of the person and stands as a shield and defense of all, especially of those who are – he continues – more vulnerable. Just as the use of force by those who legitimately hold it, should always be an instrument of defense of the weakest, and never of aggression, violence, or abuse “.
According to what emerges from the judicial documents the extraordinary search of 6 April would be willing outside the cases permitted by law, explains Cartabia. It was carried out without any provision of the Director of Prison of Santa Maria Capua Vetere – sole holder of the relative power – and without respecting the forms and motivation imposed by law. According to the judge, Cartabia continues, there was allegedly the basis of the extraordinary search a measure oral issued for demonstrative, preventive and satisfactory purposes, aimed at arand regain control of the prison and to satisfy the presumed expectations of the prison police personnel, in the interceptions reported by the investigating judge there was talk of “the minimum signal to recover the institution”. In fact, therefore, the search did not have the real intention of identifying instruments capable of offending or other objects that cannot be held but, for almost all cases, there is talk of a purely fictitious cover for the consumption of violence, contrary to dignity and to the modesty of the inmates, concludes the Minister of Justice.