Cartabia visits Don Benzi home for prisoners

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(ANSA) – ROME, JULY 22 – The Minister of Justice Marta Cartabia today visited a home for prisoners of Pope John XXIII near Rimini. Giovanni Paolo Ramonda, president of the community of Don Benzi, welcomed the minister into the house where 17 prisoners live who are serving their sentences with alternative measures to prison.

Rimini is one of the 7 Educating Communities with Prisoners, structures for the reception of prisoners serving their sentences, where inmates are re-educated through experiences of service to the weakest in the structures and cooperatives of the association. The first house was opened in 2004. To date there are 241 inmates and former inmates. Over the past 10 years, 1,865 people have been welcomed.

Minister Cartabia, after listening to the inmates who are guests of the shelter, said: “I am here to meet you in person and touch a wealth I have heard so much about, even before we met on common projects, such as the welcoming mothers in prison with young children. This is a place where important things happen: being here today is a time to cultivate the relationship between the positive realities of civil society and institutions. Being here is like a breath of fresh air for me. in the penitentiary field, institutions work well especially when there is a synergy with realities that work well, like yours “.

“This visit is very important to us because as a Community we have always chosen to collaborate with institutions. People who have made mistakes must rightly pay for their mistakes, but they must also be re-educated. – explains Ramonda – This is what we do in our Community.

For those who leave prison, the tendency to commit crimes again, the so-called recidivism, is 75% of cases. On the other hand, in our communities, where inmates are re-educated through experiences of service to the weakest, the cases of recidivism are just 15% “. (ANSA).

Source: Ansa

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