Palermo, Sicily, Italy (AHN) – It’s a Sicilian message; one they can’t refuse.
The decree came from the new boss. Rita Barbera, the newly appointed governor of Ucciardone jail in Palermo, the capital of Sicily, issued a statement that the practice of prisoners flaunting their status with designer labels and flashy jewelry must stop.
Unlike most countries, prisoners in Italian jails are not required to wear uniforms. And at this particular prison, dubbed the “Grand Hotel,” lax conditions have sparked comparisons to the film Goodfellows, in which characters played by Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci live the good life behind bars. One mafia godfather at the 19th century prison is reported to have celebrated his birthday with champagne and lobster.
Barbera said such indulgences will no longer be tolerated. Some wives of mobster inmates expressed anger at the ruling, saying no one should dictate what they husbands wear and they might have to go around nude because all they own are designer labels.