Incarcerated Foreign Minors in Italy: How to Treat them?

Authors

  • Ignazio Grattagliano University of Bari
  • Andrea Lisi University of Bari
  • Ylenia Massaro University of Bari
  • Valentina Stallone University of Bari
  • Filippo Campobasso University of Bari
  • Anna Cannito University of Bari
  • Christian Signorile University of Bari
  • Nicola Petruzzelli Juvenile Prison
  • Roberto Catanesi University of Bari

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.6000/1929-4409.2013.02.12

Keywords:

Foreign minors, juvenile delinquency, incarceration, criminological treatment, identity construction

Abstract

Abstract: The aim of this study is to provide data regarding the treatment of foreign juveniles in the Italian justice system. The authors examined the records from juvenile detention centers and primary juvenile reception centers in Italy in order to gain a better understanding of how foreign minors are treated with respect to their Italian counterparts. Statistical analysis was then carried out and the results revealed many inequalities.

The authors believe that it is important to create secondary and tertiary prevention services in order to decrease the likelihood of recidivism, and to promote the minor's integration into the social fabric of their adopted country. Foreign minors are more frequently placed in jail than their Italian counterparts. The authors conclude that only through the development of a united partnership can a welcoming network be created: one that is able to pick up on the first signs of trouble that often confront foreign minors.

Author Biographies

Ignazio Grattagliano, University of Bari

Deparment of Criminology, Piazza Giulio Cesare

Andrea Lisi, University of Bari

Deparment of Criminology, Piazza Giulio Cesare

Ylenia Massaro, University of Bari

Deparment of Psychiatry

Valentina Stallone, University of Bari

Deparment of Psychiatry

Filippo Campobasso, University of Bari

Deparment of Psychiatry

Anna Cannito, University of Bari

Deparment of Psychiatry

Christian Signorile, University of Bari

Deparment of Criminology

Nicola Petruzzelli, Juvenile Prison

Corso Bendetto Croce 307

Roberto Catanesi, University of Bari

Deparment of Criminology

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Published

2013-04-25

How to Cite

Grattagliano, I., Lisi, A., Massaro, Y., Stallone, V., Campobasso, F., Cannito, A., Signorile, C., Petruzzelli, N., & Catanesi, R. (2013). Incarcerated Foreign Minors in Italy: How to Treat them?. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, 2, 118–128. https://doi.org/10.6000/1929-4409.2013.02.12

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