A mass prisoner pardon recently approved by parliament re--mains deeply unpopular with Italians, a new poll confirmed last week. The survey by independent socioeconomic think-tank Eurispes said two-thirds of respondents were firmly against the measure, which resulted in the release of some 18,000 prisoners.
Eurispes said only 14 percent supported the pardon while almost 60 percent thought it had undermined citizens’ safety. The pardon, approved by parliament in July with cross-party consensus, knocked three years off sentences, with the aim of easing chronic overcrowding in Italy’s jails. It did not apply to serious crimes such as Mafia offences, terrorism, rape, pedophilia and human trafficking.