Question 40

The pressure on Italy’s 257 jails has been increasing rapidly. These jails are old and overcrowded. They are supposed to hold up to 43,000 people -9,000 fewer than now. San Vittore in Milan, which has 1,800 inmates, is designed for 800. The number of foreigners inside jails has also been increasing. The minister in charge of prisons fears that tensions may snap, and so has recommended to the government an amnesty policy.

Which one of the following, if true, would have most influenced the recommendation of the minister?


The reason for the minister to advance his new recommendation is most likely because of an incident or incidents which might have occurred in the prisons due to snapping of tensions among the prisoners. This reason is best captured in option d), which says that disturbances have been reported in 58 prisons.

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