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Pagliarelli Prison

LocationPalermo, Sicily, Italy
Population1173 (as of July 2015)
GovernorFrancesca Vazzana

The Pagliarelli Prison is a Maximum security prison in the Pagliarelli neighbourhood of Palermo, Sicily, Italy.


Pagliarelli was built in 1980, became operational in 1996 and it is adjacent and adjoined to the Tribunal of Palermo. The prison is situated[1] behind the mountain ranges of Madonie[2] and is a very large structure and of reinforced concrete (RC), for both men and woman, in the chief town of the island. Pagliarelli is divided into 8 departments: Scirocco (Maestrale and Libeccio), South (or “Mari”: Tirreno, Adriatico and Ionio), and Est (or “Pianeti”: Marte, Plutone and Giove) with a total of almost one thousand inmates.[3] Some rules of the institute seem to be very punitive as regards improped and prohibited behaviours.

In June 2015, an Albanian was discovered (and filmed by cameras) just in time during a jailbreak,[4] and just after was killed by the owner of the house he was robbing.

The prison today

Pagliarelli is a Maximum Security Prison holding prisoners from all over Italy. Moreover, Pagliarelli is a local prison, accepting different categories of prisoners and from different countries, especially from Romania and Tunisia. In addition the establishment serves the Tribunal, the Judiciary of Surveillance (Ufficio di Sorveglianza) and UEPE.[5] Accommodation at the prison is a mixture of approximately 70% multi-occupancy cells and 30% single cells, distributed mainly across 3 residential units.

Inmates at Pagliarelli are offered access to education, workshops, two gyms, one focusing on Physical Education courses.


  1. ^ "Mappa di Pagliarelli". TuttoCittà. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Casa Circondariale Pagliarelli". Antigone. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  3. ^ "PALERMO Pagliarelli - Casa circondariale". Ministero della Giustizia. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  4. ^ "L'albanese in fuga dal Pagliarelli: il video dell'evasione". LiveSicilia. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Polizia Penitenziaria". PALERMO U.E.P.E. Retrieved 7 October 2016.

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