Prisons, Sant’Anna School of Pisa studies the ‘model’ of Gorgona

Consider how the almost unique experience of an ‘open’ prison on the island of Gorgona, in the Tuscan archipelago, can be a point of reference for the whole prison system: this is one of the main purposes of the framework agreement signed today, Friday 15. July between the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa and the Livorno Prison, a detached part of Gorgona. The Minister of Justice, Marta Cartabia, attended the signing ceremony.

The purpose of the activities, which will be carried out by Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, is to identify and critically analyze the peculiarities that make the “Gorgona model” more functional for the realization of the re-educational function of the punishment sanctioned by the Constitution. .

The agreement also allows for the activation of collaborations with the world in the third sector, which improves the existing regulatory instruments. Thanks to interdisciplinary competencies (from law to agronomy, from management to the circular economy), the collaboration will also be able to offer innovative solutions aimed at making the Gorgona experience even more efficient and sustainable. In this perspective, the production activities carried out on the island will also be evaluated in order to further reduce their impact on the environment and to consolidate their economic sustainability.

The agreement was signed by Sabina Nuti, rector of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and Annarita Gentile, director of the prison regent, are the signatories of the framework agreement.

The ceremony was attended by teachers from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies Emanuele Rossi and Alberto di Martino, the latter scientific rapporteur for the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of the Convention, along with teacher Elena Vivaldi; the Regional Administrator of the Prisons Administration for Tuscany and Umbria Pierapaolo d’Andria; Livorno Municipality Social Councilor Andrea Raspanti, Delegate for Mayor Luca Salvetti. Justice Minister Marta Cartabia concluded the ceremony.

On the occasion of the signing ceremony of the Convention, with the participation of the Minister of Justice Marta Cartabia, the structures of the company Marchese de ‘Frescobaldi were visited, which on the island of Gorgona launched a social project in collaboration with the prison, to get the inmates to acquire new professional skills , with a view to their reintegration into society.

“We are here to sign an agreement with a prestigious university institution, Scuola Sant’Anna in Pisa, because through their scientific study it will be possible to highlight the features that make the experience of Gorgona Prison Lake so unique, and we also hope “In other contexts,” said Minister Cartabia, “there are virtuous prison experiences that arise from below, and from here they can become a model for the entire prison system that can be exported to the entire national territory.”

“In Italy, we often dwell on negative examples without paying due attention to virtuous models like the one implemented on the island of Gorgona – said Sabina Nuti, Rector of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – In this experience I find the soul applied science, the courage to “putting our hands in where people’s lives are flowing, where our society is challenged. This study is also a fundamental opportunity for us because it will enable interdisciplinary collaboration between the different areas of the school”.

“We are really convinced that the experience of the Gorgona prison can help the whole Italian prison system not to be a place where you end up, but a place where you start all over again,” said Emanuele Rossi, professor at Sant ‘ Anna School. “My hope is that this project is not just about a prison, but has the conviction that any proposed change to the reform of the criminal justice system has its implicit precondition: the porosity of each prison in relation to civil society,” says Alberto Di Martino , scientific. referee for the convention’s Sant’Anna school.

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