This room is arranged according to the photos made by Paolo Raimondi and the tales by those imprisoned over the 60’s and the 70’s. This reenactment tries to reproduce as much as possible the place where prisoners have lived before they moved to Marino del Tronto. Usually these rooms could host two prisoners if at all, but at the last floor there is a circular big room, the cell nr. 9 (the current room V of Early Middle Ages Museum) that is arranged as a dormitory, 14 beds organized along the boundary and a cubby hole with a squat toilet vase for restrooms. According to documents, here there weren’t partition based on crimes (for instance in the room nr. 9 there were prisoners accused of robbery, murder or even terrorists) but only based on genre: male and female. Other important difference compared to modern prisons is the less repressive supervision of the marshals; some former prisoners tell nearly with love the “familiar way” to manage the prison and remember a “decent person prison guard”. But the memory of one of the main Ascoli DA’s office’s magistrate is completely different: he was considered rigid, out-and-out, who used the higher communication trench of the dome to control the behavior of prisoners in person.
By the way the magistrate’s inflexibility, we have got a witness by a prisoner of 70’s who in his first days was segregated for consecutives 45 days in solitary confinement that is the infamous cell nr. 0 used as morgue. Those who were in the solitary confinement couldn’t get the “walk” (the free time to be with other prisoners at the outdoor courtyard) but neither the opportunity to use restrooms: they could use only a pot that was emptied just once a day. But it was not only the magistrate to order punishments. According to 50’s and 60’s books there was a great variety of illegal behaviors with specific punishment. There were several examples: from ordinary dispute to simulation of a disease. The most frequent sanctions were reprimand or imprisonment with limited nutrition: just bread and water.
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