is the regional committee of ARCI in the Ligurian territories of North-Western Italy. ARCI is,
at present, the biggest independent association
for the promotion of culture, social values and civil rights in the country and, with its over 330 clubs (circoli) and more than 55.000 members, ARCI Liguria
does represent a network whose well-grounded structure enhances democratic participation and social integration locally. Since 1977 ARCI’s mutualistic associations,
non-profit organizations, art galleries, volunteering groups and clubs do promote culture and sociability in the region. Mirroring its goals, ARCI Liguria services
and activities include the Defense of the Rights of Migrants, with offices that offer legal assistance as well as work and education orientation,
the Promotion of Anti-Mafia Culture and initiatives, the delivery of Non-Formal Education activities addressed to children at school and in suburban districts,
the enhancement of Civic Service Volunteering as a self-developing and active-citizenship instrument for youth people.
As a member of the Conferenza Regionale Volontariato Giustizia (Regional Panel for Justice Volunteering), ARCI Liguria is actively
engaged in the defense of the rights of prison inmates and does offer them and their families effective assistance and support from the very first moment of coming to
terms with the reality of life in prison to initiatives aiming to avoid social exclusion during imprisonment as well as to foster social reintegration after detention
through probation, trainee-ship grants and community service opportunities. In collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and other partner organizations,
ARCI Liguria’s support is delivered through different projects, addressed to specific target groups of prisoners in different penitentiary institutions across the region; such as:
Sp.In., info points (in and out of jail) that help inmates deal with every day prison life and back to “normal” life issues such as paper work, housing, education-professional trainings and health-care.
Spin Minori, escorting, global care and volunteering activities dedicated to minor prisoners on probation.
Crisalide, art-therapy laboratories specifically organized for sex-offenders.
Genitorialità (Parenthood), a non-formal education project that helps inmates with children not to lose contact with their families and remain parental figures.
RadioLogia (RadioLogy), a work in progress radio newsroom with inmates being trained to act as technicians and journalists. The programs are broad-casted in the penitentiary institution.
La rete che unisce (the Network that Unites), proposes cultural and sport programs as well as placement opportunities to inmates in order to enrich their educational treatment paths. Social reintegration is pursued through community service and work placement in ARCI’s clubs and offices.
Progetto Ponte (the Bridge Project), offering educational treatment paths and social reintegration preparation during detention. “Ricette da dentro” (Recipes from Inside), for example, is a Ponte lab aiming to get the value of senses back in prison, where sensory deprivation is normal. Through the description of their favorite dishes and its preparation processes, the involved female prisoners evoke familiar memories, exchange practical knowledge and get the chance to live true moments of sharing.
In addition to the activities dedicated to prison inmates, many cultural events (workshops, book presentations, round-tables, shows) addressed to the general public
are organized by ARCI aiming to foster the connection of penitentiary institutions and its inmates with the different local contexts and to raise awareness about the
issues of criminal justice, what everyday life in overcrowded jails is.
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