Studying in prison? There are no staff on Via Coroneo

12.07.2022 – 5.15 pm – The school is open to everyone, the Constitution states soArticle 34. But in prison? After lArticle 1 ofStrofraum de System, “Re-education treatment must be implemented in relation to the convicts and prisoners, which also tends to their social reintegration through contacts with the external environment. The treatment is carried out according to an individualization criterion in relation to the specific conditions of the subjects “.
Different needs, but a common thread: the social reintegration. And precisely by setting this goal, continuing the latest regulation that appears in the state newspaper, we come toArticle 19which is specifically dedicated to training and detention facilities.
“In penal schools, cultural and vocational training is provided through the organization of primary school courses and vocational training, in accordance with the golden guidelines and with the help of methods appropriate to the condition of the subjects.” Again, the “condition” of the individual is fundamental: Treccani in hand, by condition we mean the “physical, moral, or financial condition of a person.” The person, his or her characteristics and needs must be at the forefront in order to guarantee the best education with a view to social reintegration.

One issue that is certainly hot on the whole peninsula is that of the reintegration of prisoners into society after they have served their sentences, but which is still under-addressed today. One opportunity to reflect in this regard was the delivery of diplomas and language certifications obtained from prison students who completed and successfully completed the education courses offered by the CPIA (Provincial Center for Adult Education). “Ernesto Mari” Prison of Trieste: Certificates A2language proficiency, diploma of third year of middle school In the Certificates from PON (Projects carried out with European structural funds) by some teachers outside the “traditional” school context. Presented at the delivery the leader of the Democratic Party in the Chamber, Debora Serracchiani.
Fundamental pedagogical paths for the lives of prisoners, essential to “keep in the toolbox of these people, to get society back on track”, repeating the words of the MP.

The training courses held at Via Coroneo Prison include i PON INCLUSION (National Operational Inclusion Program), co-financed by the European Social Fund, which represents a national measure to combat poverty. A PON dedicated to inclusion, which also includes training and detention facilities, which, with the Europe 2020 strategy, will reduce the number of people under conditions or risk of poverty and social exclusion by at least 20 million within ten years . On the page dedicated to the MILIA Project – Experimental intervention models for work and the active inclusion of people in criminal execution – including in the PON inclusion – of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, we read as “Recent studies show that recidivism rates “it is much lower in subjects that during the execution of the sentence had the opportunity to do training and work activities. This is mainly determined by the reintegration into the productive substance after the acquisition of professional skills required by the labor market”. The aim is to provide prisoners with the necessary skills and professionalism to guarantee them continuity of work when they return to freedom.

So there are some action plans that need to be pursued: First, the importance of excellence Lifelong learninga European idea that “should now have a concrete impact”, says the teacher, Susanna Tessaro. A study offered by the CPIA, which is moreover not limited to the area of ​​detention: once the sentence has been handed down, it is in fact possible to complete the studies outside the prison as well; but the prisoner will probably prefer a job formation, but it is not enough. “We have to be committed to making people understand the importance of school. The high school diploma is achieved by everyone, but there should be a course for higher education, or at least transversal courses, so that the person expands their knowledge. , ”He emphasizes Chiara Miccoli, educational legal officer. The second guideline concerns, as the penitentiary system states, the state of the subject, because “To be able to train, one needs a difference. We have prisoners ranging in age from 18 to 90 years; there is a problem related to reintegration into the world of work because of the heterogeneity in the classes. It is not possible to guarantee a complete “continuous training” Miccoli “It is therefore established that training activities remain linked to a limited number without ever expanding the range.”

“Different answers for different needs” are therefore necessary, he says Serracchiani, to “build a training path”. Another important point is not a guideline to pursue, but a solution to a problem: de Lack of Personal.
A strategic deficit that not only affects the education sector, but represents an open wound affecting all sectors of the prison. After ten years of waiting, Trieste Prison has a director for one semester; there is a very serious shortage in the pedagogical legal field, where in the face of 200 prisoners there is one of three pedagogical legal officers and one person in the secretariat technically missing. The lack of superintendents and inspectors is also being complained about in prison.

“There are people who have a complex way of life, and it is necessary to avoid the difficulty of reintegrating into society. This work is done with a clear shortage of staff, which affects both the training part of the prison as well as the CPIA (Adult Education) “, the MP continues. The prison is again a “closed box that you prefer to keep as such”, that is the drama. The MP reiterated her commitment to make an intervention “which I personally will make, both in the Ministry of Justice and in the Ministry of Education, to increase the number of staff who provide the structures”. In the toolbox of prison life, education and training are fundamental: in the women’s section of the prison in Via Coroneo, where 25 Prisonersit has not yet been possible to organize literacy courses, making a reintegration process extremely complicated once the sentence is completed, due to a staff shortage.
“It is necessary to make competitive announcements that guarantee an adequate number of recruitments and the resources must be proportionate to the prison population,” he says. Elisabetta BurlaGuarantor of the rights of prisoners of the municipality of Trieste, adding that “another solution would be more access to alternative measures, but in this case the territorial social services and the staff of the offices of the external criminal execution should be strengthened first ginn. “


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