Inmates with tense and sharp nerves, ready to pounce. Prison police officers are forced to work in precarious conditions. These are the ingredients that contribute to creating and fueling the climate of tension that is felt every day in Italian prisons, including at the juvenile penal institute in Milan. As demonstrated in recent days in Beccaria.

Alfonso Greco, regional secretary for Lombardy of the Autonomous Prison Police Union (Sappe), reported that on Tuesday “a foreign prisoner attacked, for insignificant reasons, three prison police officers, pushing and hitting them.” Those who paid the price are the same officers who had to resort to appropriate treatment with a prognosis of 20, 7 and 5 days. “Many – explains Greco – are the problems that prison staff, men and women, face every day in the same establishment, where on Easter Day another officer was attacked by spitting and shoving, and at the end of evening of the same day, another inmate was attacked by a mattress. was set on fire, and the timely intervention of staff made it possible to avoid the worst.”

The trade unionist denounces the fact that Beccaria staff “have plunged into total despair. They feel abandoned by higher organizations and institutions. Once again, we are obliged to intervene to defend the prison police officers forced to operate in extreme conditions due to the lack of men. and that means, in the most complete indifference of the institutions. Such acts of aggression – explains Greco – cannot and should not be considered as simple professional risks, include among the episodes of ordinary administration attributable to the prison context”.

Donato Capece, general secretary of the Autonomous Prison Police Union, also intervenes in the matter: “The daily scenario in which the prison police operate is unacceptable, including attacks, riots and other critical events: attacks against the prison police are too numerous. and all of this is unacceptable. , too few police officers are on duty (the shortage of prison police personnel is 16%: out of 42,850 units, there are 35,717 officers on duty)”.

“We cannot go any further like this: it is a continuous and daily flow. In the country’s prisons – says Capece – we need the strong and obvious presence of the State, which cannot tolerate this generalized impunity, and of Urgent and effective measures are necessary. And we urgently need these reforms requested on several occasions by Sappe, in addition to the absurdity of the hunger strike that some are carrying out only to have a little media visibility. For a long, long time, worrying signals are coming from the juvenile environment. penitentiary: we have recorded and continue to record, with a worrying frequency and cadence, the recurrence of serious critical events in penitentiary institutions for minors in Italy”.

“For years, especially since the policy decided that even adults up to 25 years old can be locked up in juvenile prisons, we have asked – Capece continues – in vain to the leaders of the Department of Juvenile and Community Justice that the management and treatment are adequate. to the evolution of the juvenile prison population, which is increasingly characterized by significant criminal profiles from the age of 15/16 and at the same time by adults up to the age of 25 who continue to be subjected to restrictions. – concludes the secretary of Sappe – is more complex and more problematic than one imagines.”

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