Ultra broadband, inmates for infrastructure projects?

Without reintegration into the labor market, prisoners are more exposed to the risk of relapse. According to estimates by the Dap (Department of Penitentiary Administration), only 34% of the 54 thousand Italian prisoners are employed in work activities. Figures matching those contained in the eighteenth report on conditions in Italian prisons, compiled by the Antigone Association, which has been dealing with the rights and guarantees of the Italian penal system since the late 1980s.

About 17,000 prisoners – that is, almost every third prisoner – work for the prison administration with domestic activities. Many work a few hours a day or a few days a month as “the budget does not allow full employment and one tries to distribute the benefit”, explains Antigone. The inmates who work, but not for the prison administration, are around 2,300, just over 4 percent of the total number.

Finally, less than 5,000 inmates are enrolled in the school. Of these, half are enrolled in courses at the first level (primary and lower secondary schools) and half in courses at the second level (higher). There are about 1,200 students enrolled at the university, mostly in three-year degrees.

The government’s initiative, which aims to involve prisoners to spread fiber in the country and overcome the digital divide, fits into this context. The Protocol is currently being drafted in the competent ministries, namely Justice and Digital Transformation.

Open Fiber and Sirti have already expressed their availability.

“We have firmly adhered to this intelligent initiative promoted by Ministers Cartabia and Colao, which, from a social point of view, can help bridge the shortage of labor on the construction sites, a shortage that the telecommunications sector suffers from, but not only – comments Open Fiber in a note – The recruitment of detained staff, who are worked on under the supervision of the competent authorities, will of course take place on the basis of the applicable contractual conditions and therefore with the same financial treatment as the other workers “.

And Open Fiber and Sirti are not the only companies making themselves available for prisoner reintegration.

Aeolus’ initiative

Aeolus and Bee.4 Altre Menti, the first prison social enterprise to promote work as a tool for reintegration after their detention, for example, they launched a pilot project for digitization and social inclusion in the Bollate prison in Milan. The service company has entered into a two-year contract, which has involved 8 inmates since September in connection with welcome calls and quality control.

The initiative, which also received very positive feedback from Eolo users, saw participation in the front line by 6 employees of the telecommunications company, who carried out the training activity in attendance, followed by ongoing assistance via calls, dedicated to customer service, especially related to customer experience, and management of the welcome call program, which consists of welcoming new customers and informing them about the work of the installers.

Support an application specialized training aimed at transferring technical skills necessary to perform the regeneration of the network terminal equipment installed at the users’ homes and to employ inmates who have obtained the course certificate.

Linkem’s project

Support an application specialized training aimed at transferring technical skills necessary to perform the regeneration of the network terminal equipment installed at the users’ homes and to employ inmates who have obtained the course certificate.

These are the goals of “Rework Laboratory – The Value of Training and Working in Prison”, launched by Rebibbia “Germana Stefanini” Women’s Prison in Rome with Linkem.

The “Rework Laboratory” project was divided into two phases: in the first phase, Linkem started a training program thanks to its staff, after which certificates were issued with the qualification “regenerator of Linkem electronic equipment” and the possibility of signing an employment contract with Linkem.

The project follows the experience gained by the company in the Lecce prison, where Linkem has already employed 10 inmates in the men’s ward and implemented the digital transformation project UNiO, the system of video interviews with family members that allows inmates to use stations dedicated and designed ad hoc. Today’s event was an opportunity to illustrate and promote the goals and results of the projects that were implemented with contributions from the two district houses, especially through the testimonies of the main characters.

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