Two prison officers were attacked today in the Catanzaro prison by an inmate confined in the ‘medium security’ detention unit. The attack adds to other ‘critical events’, as attacks on the Penitentiary Police are called by the prison administration, which occurred in recent days. This time, the two policemen received a prognosis of 20 and 7 days respectively. The inmate first threatened the officers and then attacked them after being refused privileges not permitted by prison regulations.
This was communicated by the provincial delegate of the CGIL Roberto Garcea together with the regional coordinator Angelo Boeti of the FP CGIL of the Penitentiary Police, who also express their bitterness for the situation that has been in place for some time in the Catanzaro prison. “We don’t dare think about what will happen when in a few months many prison officers serving in the Catanzaro prison retire who, with their experience, ensure that the departments function at their best every day”.
“The prisoner – conclude the trade unionists – was transferred during the day to another institution with the coordination of the Director and Commander of the Penitentiary Police who manage the largest prison in Calabria, seven days a week with total dedication”.
Mirko Manna, of the FP CGIL Security Section, intervenes with a strong political appeal: “The current situation requires an immediate and decisive response. We invite the Minister of Justice, Carlo Nordio, the Undersecretary Andrea Delmastro and the Head of the DAp, Giovanni Russo, to take every necessary initiative to ensure the safety and protection of the women and men of the Penitentiary Police Corps. Prison officers must be able to carry out their work with the certainty of finishing their work shift without danger to their personal safety. There is a lot of talk about safety at work, but too little about how much the Penitentiary Police risks every day to simultaneously guarantee the certainty of the sentence and the recovery to society of the people confined in prison”.