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Italy: Right to Information of Persons Subject to Imprisonment

(Aug. 14, 2014) Italy’s Legislative Decree No. 101 of 2014, which enters into effect on August 16, 2014, implements European Union Directive 2012/13/UE concerning the right to information of persons subject to criminal procedures. (Decreto-Legislativo 1 luglio 2014, n. 101, Attuazione della Direttiva 2012/13/UE sul diritto all’informazione nei procedimenti penali [Legislative Decree No. 101 (July […]

Italy: Compensation for Mistreated Inmates and Other Provisions on Prison Administration

(Aug. 12, 2014) Italy’s Decree Law No. 92, of June 26, 2014, amends several legislative instruments with the purposes of guaranteeing the rights of persons currently held in Italian prison facilities and improving the administration of those facilities. (Decreto-Legge 26 giugno 2014, n. 92, Disposizioni urgenti in materia di rimedi risarcitori in favore dei detenuti […]

Indonesia: More Lenient Treatment for Drug Users

(Aug. 12, 2014) On August 16, 2014, a new ministerial regulation will come into force in Indonesia that is designed to promote rehabilitation rather than incarceration of drug users, in some cases permitting substitution of stays in rehabilitation centers for jail time. The regulation was issued jointly by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN); the National […]

Italy: Overhaul of Criminal Penalties

(May 28, 2014) The Italian Parliament recently adopted Law 67 of April 28, 2014, regulating criminal penalties not involving imprisonment and containing measures on prison reform. (Legge 28 aprile 2014, n. 67, NORMATTIVA.) The overall purpose of the Law is to establish punitive measures that are alternatives to incarceration, as a response to the perceived […]