Notes & Comments (30/11/2009) - Prison overcrowding in the light of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights of 16 July 2009, Sulejmanovic vs. Italy
Title: Prison overcrowding in the light of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights of 16 July 2009, Sulejmanovic vs. Italy
Subject: The Author examines and comments on the decision of the Court of Strasbourg which has sentenced Italy for prison overcrowding, applying on one hand the parameters on the available “space” for each inmate as established by the Committee for the prevention of Torture of the Council of Europe, and, on the other hand, recalling that no precise and definitive measure of personal space to be granted to each prisoner can be established according to the Convention, since this measure depends on a number of factors, such as the duration of the deprivation of liberty, possibilities to access free air time or the physical and mental conditions of the detainee.
Original language: Italian
Classification: Dignity - Art. 4 Inhuman treatments - Degrading treatments