For all of you who have a relative in jail or know someone in jail, pay close attention. Although it might not work here in the US, it’s certainly a good argument for someone across the Atlantic. A court in Sicily has ruled that an accused Mafioso can be put under house arrest because he is too fat for any Italian jail.
Salvatore Ferranti, who weighs 462 lbs, was allowed to go home after spending six months in four Italian prisons.
Guards at the first two prisons said they constantly needed to help Ferranti, 36, get dressed and undressed, move about and go to the bathroom. Which I’m more than certain they didn’t get this told to them before they took on their position.
Guards at other prisons said there was no bed big enough for him, that he could not get through the bathroom door, and that they would be at a loss if he had to be taken to a hospital in an emergency.
Ferranti was accused of being a member of the Mafia clan once headed by Salvatore Lo Piccolo, the “boss of bosses” arrested last November.
Lawyer Raffaele Bonsignore filed a motion with a court in Palermo to release him under house arrest because he suffered from “grave obesity”, calling it pathology incompatible with prison”.
So I reiterate to readers, this might be something to think about as you bid your final farewells to a loved one or someone you know that’s going to doing time. This is where it actually pays to eat your way to freedom.
By Yaa Dankwa