The Giovanni Michelucci Foundation
The Giovanni Michelucci Foundation, Coordinator of the ”LEA.P” Project, was set up by the Tuscany Region in 1982 with the municipalities of Pistoia, Fiesole and Florence. In accordance with its Statutes, prisons, along with schools and hospitals are one of the Foundation’s key research and study areas.
The Giovanni Michelucci Foundation in Florence has been working for over a decade on setting up the Regional Observatory on Penal Institutions, in collaboration with the Tuscan Region and the Correctional Administration. Within the framework of the Observatory, the Foundation has promoted studies and research into the composition and changing trends of the penitentiary population; on the types and conditions of prison facilities; on re-education activities promoted in individual establishments (scholastic, university, professional training, artistic, cultural, recreational and sporting and employment reinsertion); on the role of cooperation of local bodies; on particular types of inmates; foreigners, addicts, mentally ill.
Its President is Alessandro Margara, former Head of the Surveillance Tribunal of Florence and Director of the Department of Penitentiary Administration, one of the founding fathers of prison reform in Italy.
Corrado Marcetti is the Foundation’s Director and worked with the architect Giovanni Michelucci on designing the “Giardino degli Incontri” at the Sollicciano Prison in Florence (a functional architectural space for prisoners and their families to meet, and a venue for cultural and artistic events), which was inaugurated in 2007. He recently edited Concatenazioni (Florence 2008), a book on cultural activities in prisons.
Members of the Foundation’s Research Group include: Saverio Migliori, lecturer at the University of Florence (Faculty of Further Education Science), and author of the following books: Lo studio e la pena (Florence 2004), Carcere, esclusione sociale e diritto alla Formazione (Rome 2007); Alessio Scandurra, member of the “L’altro diritto” Association in Florence, coordinator of the European Crime Repression Costs in Context Project.
The Giovanni Michelucci Foundation will act as General Project Coordinator and will be responsible for the assessment and monitoring operations. It will take part in all the seminars and will identify a selection of good practices that have been developed in Tuscany's prisons for presentation within the framework of one of the seminars. It will organise the first seminar in Florence.
Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V.
The Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V. (BLA) connects and presents German and international authors as well as supporting cultural exchange. The association facilitates multilingual public readings, discussions, workshops, stage events and symposia as well as the translation and publication of literature, cultural consulting and management for public institutions and the interaction with all other genres of arts. The association provides a stage for authors and artists who’s work is dedicated to democracy and human rights.
Lifelong learning is part of Bla's concept to offer cutural education for people of all ages and from all generations. “Literature Behind Bars” projects are focussed on prisons in Germany and on literature only. Since 2002 BLA offers two ways of workshops FOR PRISONERS ONLY: 1. Readings and dicussions of international writers in prinson 2. Literary discussion and creative writing courses for prisoners. BLA works only in small groups for several ages. As a large proportion of the inmates in German prisons comes from all parts of the world, migrants are very welcome but basic knowledge of German is obligatory. BLA offers only seperate groups for men, women or youth, does not care about the kind of the penalty of the praticipants but accepts only voluntary participation in our courses.
All workshops can usually take place inside prisons: this work has become successful in helping prisoners getting in contact with books, understandig the complex language of literature but also to find their own way to express themselves with writing. Discussions and workshops with (often famous) professional writers give chances to learn more about other perspectives (to both sides) but also how to work effectivly with language and all froms of writing. With the help of langauge and literature BLA supports the prisoners to improve social communication and reflection and to improve the skills of expression and understanding.
The Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V. will take part in all the seminars and will identify a selection of good practices for presentation within the framework of one of the seminars. The analysis of the good practices selected could be a first step to understand more about the effects of literature/literary workshops/reading and writing on the social behavior of prisoners, because different from other genres (like painting, theatre, film etc) the knowledge about the influence of literature on prisoners is still very low.
Cyprus Prison Department
Cyprus Prison Department is the only prison in Cyprus. The capacity is 340 but right now it is overcrowded (600). Members of the staff are 450.
Cyprus Prison Department has a theatre and a painting group. Every year the theatre group is invited by many municipalities as well as communities and festivals to perform. The dipartment organised art excibitions outside of the prison in public buildings (courts, Parliament House). On the quest list of the performances one may find the President of the Parliament, Ministers, Memberss of the Parliament the Ombudsman, the Attorney General.
Cyprus Prison Department will take part in all the seminars and will identify a selection of good practices for presentation within the framework of one of the seminars.
Τhe Secondary school in the Juvenile prison in Volos
Τhe Secondary school in the Juvenile prison in Volos was founded on the Ministry of Justice’s initiative and with the support and collaboration of the Ministry of Education in September 2002 in the city of Volos - 310 kilometers north of Athens. It was the second school in the Greek territory to be functioning with prisoner students after the school in the prisons of Avlona. We should mention here that at this moment the schools of prison in the country have increased to ten.
The school is a high school, which follows the timetable of all the rest Greek high schools. Its students are foreign inmates- aged from 17- 22 years old- Albanians in their majority. The teachers that occupied here are five (2 philologists, 1 physicist, 1 mathematician and 1 of the English language). Students come to school with a great interest in gaining knowledge, as well as saving days, since for each day that they attend school they win one day from their sentence, which is a great motive to them. They study the Greek language and after their graduation of all three grades of high school they take their certificate of graduation, which is equal to the graduation certificate of any other high school in the country.
Τhe Secondary school in the Juvenile prison will take part in all the seminars and will identify a selection of good practices that have been developed in prisons of Volos for presentation within the framework of one of the seminars. It will also organise a seminar in Volos.
The Manchester College
The Manchester College is a Further Education establishment in North West England, recently formed from the merger of MANCAT & City College to form the largest institution of its kind in Europe. It offers a wide range of academic, vocational & adult education provision in the region, with a wide range of courses at basic, intermediate & higher level, including a variety of arts programmes. Its Offender Learning Directorate is the largest provider of prison education in the country, responsible for approximately two-thirds of all prison education in England, delivering education to over 90 prisons & secure training establishments. It also runs in-service teacher-training courses, including for those working in offender learning. The college has been involved a range of Socrates, Grundtvig & Leonardo initiatives, including the coordination of three successful Grundtvig prison arts education projects: PAN European Prison Arts Network, The Will to Dream & Movable Barres.
The Manchester College will take part in all the seminars and will identify a selection of good practices that have been developed in prisons of England for presentation within the framework of one of the seminars. It will also organise one of the a seminars in Manchester.
Department of Justice(Autonomous Government of Catalonia)
Catalonia is the only autonomous community in Spain with competences for the enforcement of penal sanctions. It belongs to the Secretary of Penitentiary Services, Rehabilitation and Juvenile Justice (SSPRJJ) the execution of penal sanctions (prisons and probation) and also the services to assist the victims of crimes and the technical teams providing psychosocial advice to the judges and courts.
The DGRRP is, into the structure of the SSPRJJ, the administrative organisation responsible for the enforcement of prison sentences in Catalonia. All the prisons in Catalonia are holding activities related to education (formal and non formal).
The DGRRP will take part in all the seminars and will identify a selection of good practices that have been developed in the prison of Cataloniafor presentation within the framework of one of the seminars. It will also organise one of the seminars (n.3) in Barcelona.