“The conditions of the structures and the inadequacy of places and penitentiary settings are commonly the main obstacles to the making of the basics of humanization and socialization of the penitentiary activities according to the judicial system”. In the 70’s Malatesta fortress was one of the reason that caused the review of the Italian penitentiary system. A letter, dated November 21, 1962, from the Justice Ministry General Management to Ascoli Public Works office judged the fortress “icy, full of extreme moisture mostly in fall time”. In November 30 the answer was “works for the making of heating system have started from janitor’s quarters and parlour rooms”. So in the early 60’s the fortress had not even the heating system. At the same time the toilet facilities didn’t were enough.
The use of the showers was regulated by guidelines but there were some discrepancies according to tales: imprisoned people remember they could have a shower only every 15 days, but the loading furnace officer told he was busy in this work on Saturdays from 6am. The prison was both male and female, on the basis of the maps in our possession there was just one shower room, so probably prisoners had shower in alternate weeks, one week for women, the other one for men. In addition to clear scarcity of materials, interior guidelines are subordinate to free will and not inspired by virtuous models that should facilitate the action of correction: there is a relevant example, lots of prisoners have told that those who were in the restraint room (that at the same time was also the morgue) didn’t have the opportunity to use bathroom but had to use a pot, emptied just one time a day
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