About 7% of the resident population – immigrants – generates almost 36% of prisoners. Five times their presence.
Italians, on the other hand, with 93% of residents, generate less than 65% of the prison population, about 0.7 times their incidence in the general population.
The evidence of the numbers tells us that immigrants have a propensity to crime which is about 7 times that of Italians.
In some regions, those in the center-north, the incidence of immigrants in the total of prisoners is shocking, and follows their greater presence compared to the southern regions. Out of control the situation in a region like Tuscany, if we think that having fewer immigrants – in percentage terms – than Lombardy, however, has a higher incidence in their prisons.
It should also be noted that foreigners account for 43% of new entries in prison, an updated figure.
In the last 11 years the amount of the detained population has undergone an increase of 25.8%, exclusively for “merit” of the immigrants.
If immigration were not correlated with crime, the prison population should perfectly “mimic” the general one: immigrants 7%, Italians 93%. This is not the case.
In 2000, immigrants represented 29% of prisoners.
Obviously, these numbers do not take into account the Roma and Sinti detainees classified as “Italian”.