Guide - book for prisoners


Life of the institute Penitentiary laws Foreign prisoners Economic management


This "guide" intends to help the prisoners understand the laws that rule the penitentiary regime in Italy. Generally these arguments are almost always presented in a very technical way, with a form of language more appropriate to attorneys than to persons with a normal level of instruction.


The objective of this guide is to make everybody understand the information, and explain with simple words the rights and duties of the prisoners. It also suggests the best ways of behaving in the different situations that prisoners can find from the moment they enter the institute to the moment they are free.


The guide is available in seven languages: Italian, Albanian, Arab, English, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish and French.


The handbook’s first chapter only concerns this "route", which begins by the search, the withdrawal of personal belongings, the matriculation. Right from this very moment it is necessary to know the formalities in order to communicate with the outside, for instance informing the relatives, appointing an attorney, or getting in touch with one’s own consular authority, as far as foreigners are concerned. We give suggestions and practical indications in order to defend one’s own health, and also being able to manage in the best way regarding agents and "socio - sanitarian" structures.

With the second chapter we pass onto explanations of the laws regulating the trial, the short proceeding, the appeals and in final the admission to the penitentiary benefits and the other alternative measures concerning the detention.

The third chapter deals with the possibility for foreigners of a renewal of the permit of residence (for those who had it when arrested), rules regulating extradition and expulsion.

The fourth and last chapter considers the economical results of the conviction: fines, law expenses, compensation for damages to the plaintiff.





Life of the institute and relationship with the operators


The first Prisoners hours

The regulations of behaviour

The Personnel of the institute

The conversations, the telephone calls and the mail

The expense and purchase

The "domandina"(a printed form for applications)

The schools, the professional formation, the cultural and sporting activities

CSSA (Social Service Centres for Adults)

Ser.T. (Service for Drug-addiction)

ACAT (Under treatment Alcoholics Association Club)

Guardianship of the health in the jail:


General rules for a healthy life as possible in jail

The importance of the hygiene

The rules for the cleaning

Relations with the Sanitary Service


Laws of greater penitentiary interest


Legal aid (Gratuito Patrocinio)

Juridical causes of restriction in the jail

The trial and the various forms of judgment:


The shortened trial

The "plea bargain" (patteggiamento )(application of the punishment
on demand of the parties to the action)

Direct subpoena in front a single-judge court ( "Giudice Monocratico")

The direct judgment

The immediate judgment

The ordinary judgment (it is the normal form of celebration of the trial)


The penitentiary benefits and the alternative measures to the detention:


The early release of the prisoner (liberazione anticipata)

The bonus leave of absence (permessi premio)

The external job (art. 21 O.P.)

The semi-freedom (semilibertŕ)

The probation with the Social Services (affidamento in prova
ai Servizi Sociali)

The probation in "particular cases" (for drug addicts and
alcohol dependents)

The admission to the alternative measures for convicts acclaimed
affected by A.I.D.S. or from serious immunity deficiency
(art. 4, quater Penitentiary Law (O.P.), introduced by the Law n° 231/99)

The house detention


Management of the relations with the institutions for the foreign prisoners


The re-examination of the social dangerousness and the revocation of the expulsion

The renewal of the residence permit (sojourn permit)

The European Penitentiary Rules (Recommendation of the Committee of the Ministers of the Board of Europe 12.02.1987)

Transfer of the convicted people to the foreign countries

The extradition


Management of the economic relationships with the institutions


Fines and ammendas (the conversion in limited release or in a useful social job)

The legal costs and of maintenance in the jail

The compensation of damages

The registration at the Employment office

The indemnity of unemployment


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