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House Arrest or Prison–Depends

What is prison like

We would all think that house arrest is always better than time in prison. In a prison, an inmate is confined to a small cell, the food is terrible, and there is always the possibility of violence. It should not even be a close decision. Nevertheless, house arrest for a defendant in Italy was pure hell in comparison to the harshness of prison. Last week, the Italian wire service ANSA reported that a 32 year old man, Walid Chaabani, left his home intentionally in order to violate his house arrest sentence. He was convicted of drug related charges.

Once he was in the custody of the police, he requested prison instead of house arrest. The police in the port city of Livorna stated “Living with his wife was particularly difficult and unbearable.”Chaabani supposedly told the police that he was tired of the nonstop fighting with his wife.

The court approved his desperate request immediately and ordered imprisonment the very same day. Mr. Chaabani, a Tunisian, is now hopefully happy serving out the remainder of his sentence in a prison located in Tuscan. Prison takes many forms.


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  1. Ambrose says:

    Surely ;one would rather prefer house arrest than prison life because there at home one can access all the basic needs of life except movement.

  2. PrisonPath says:

    House arrest is an alternative to prison because at some point the the prison budget will become too expensive for the public to finance, Second, house arrest the person have a better opportunity to get some form of training to become a contributor to society as oppose to taking from society. Education is avenue to rehabilitation in my opinion.
    By Willie

  3. Sharon says:

    Can sn inmate request house arrest especially when they have 2 small children that are 3 years old and crying everyday because they can’t understand why their daddy’s not home??

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Sharon,

      It depends on many circumstances. If he is waiting sentencing, his lawyer can request house arrest. If he is already sentenced and in prison, you are really discussing the issue of parole, unless your lawyer can request the court to modify the sentence. We recommend discussing your options with an attorney.