Prisoners Want Death Penalty

In an unprecedented request, over 300 prisoners serving life sentences in Italy have asked the government to reinstall the death penalty. In a letter written by former mobster Carmelo Musumeci to Italy’s president, and cosigned by 310 other prisoners, Musumeci said he was tired of dying a little bit every day.

“We want to die just once, he said. We are asking for our life sentence to be changed to a death sentence”.

It was a candid letter written by a man who, from within his cell, has tried hard to change his life.

He has passed his high school exams and now has a degree in law. But his sentence, he says, has transformed the light into shadows.

He told the president his future was the same as his past, killing the present and removing every hope.

‘Need for change’

Italy abolished the death penalty after World War II.

Under current laws, prisoners serving life can obtain the right to brief periods of release after 10 years and conditional release after 26 years of good conduct.

The Communist Refoundation party’s senator, Maria Luisa Boccia, has proposed draft legislation to abolish the life sentence and replace it with a maximum sentence of 30 years.

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