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Coat of arms of the Polizia Penitenziaria.

The Polizia Penitenziaria (Italian for Penitentiary Police) is a law enforcement agency in Italy.



Subordinate to the Italian Ministry of Justice, the Polizia Penitenziaria operate the Italian prison system as corrections officers. It ensures the security of Italian prisons, keeping unauthorized people out and preventing escape by prisoners. It also maintains order inside prisons, handles the transportation of inmates to and from prison and to court or medical appointments, and manages work and education programs for inmates.[citation needed] The Vatican City does not have a prison system, so the Vatican sends convicted criminals to the Italian prison system.[1]

The Polizia Penitenziaria was formed in 1990 to replace the former Corpo degli Agenti di Custodia. Professionalization and demilitarization were motives for creating the new organisation.

Polizia Penitenziaria has a sport team named Fiamme Azzurre.

Its vehicle livery is dark blue with a light blue stripe along the side and Polizia Penitenziaria in white letters under the stripe. Currently use some Lancia Lybra, Alfa Romeo 159 and Iveco Daily.


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  1. ^ "Is the Vatican a Rogue State?" Spiegel Online. 19 January 2007. Retrieved on 25 August 2010.

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