Poggioreale, one of the oldest jails in Italy, located in Naples, is one of the most crowded in Europe.
The building’s capacity is of 1,300 inmates but currently almost 2,000 people are confined in it. In the recent past up to 3,000 lived there. Most of those among them, who are indicted for serious crimes, are still waiting for the first judgement and live in a kind of limbo which is longer in Italy than in most Western countries, due to a slow and obsolete justice system.
Most of Poggioreale’s twelve pavilions are decrepit with cells hosting in a few square meters both a rudimentary toilet and a cooking burner. The photographer was allowed to visit Poggioreale, to shoot in all pavilions without any restrictions for the first time ever, to document and even somehow share everyday life of all sorts of prisoners: murderers, mafia people, drug dealers, simple thieves, and those who are segregated from others in order to protect them from being assaulted or raped (rapists, pedophiles, homosexual and transsexual criminals).