The most sartorial prison on the planet?

Leave it to the Italians to allow their prisoners to wear Prada, Gucci, Versace, and Armani. While locked up!

"For decades Palermo’s Ucciardone prison has been known to its inmates
as "The Grand Hotel" ? a place where not even a custodial sentence could
prevent well-connected mafiosi from enjoying the pleasures of a fine
meal and a well-cut suit."

Apparently, this has started to cause problems in the prison, so the Governor of Palermo has instituted a ban on designer labels.

"The prison has decided
"The popular image of this jail is linked to the silk suits of godfathers and we need to cancel that image," she was quoted as saying to La Stampa newspaper."

The prisoners that are accustomed to wearing the nice threads –and the wives that drop off the season’s latest– are not happy. While I would find it cruel and unusual punishment to be barred from wearing my nice clothes, I’m not sure where the sympathy is supposed to come from. I’m sure I’ll feel differently when my crime family is busted.

Read the full article here.

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