Crime and Court news

Why some children live in Italian jails

What do you do if the mother of a small child is under arrest? Pursuant to Italian law, if the child is under six, he will usually follow her in jail. In theory, the woman should be kept in a special prison, specifically designed and managed to accommodate children, but this can be denied by the Court and only one of these special prisons has been built anyhow.

A 2011 Law forbade mothers of children under six to be jailed pending their trial, but this can be overruled by the Court if the woman is considered exceptionally dangerous.

When the child reaches the age of six, he will usually be put under the guardianship of some relative, and thus finally leave the jail… but also his mother.

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