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Links in Opera, the first project that involves people with disabilities and prisoners
ROME. Put in the same room as seven men between 55 and 70 years of age with cognitive difficulties, medium-mild, and 15 prisoners, italians and foreigners, and ask him to achieve, by working together, some musical instruments: this is the challenge of the project Ties into Work, launched by the Fondazione Sacra famiglia, which from 1896 to take care of fragile people with complex or severe frailty and disability in physical, psychological and social, and Association in the Work of the House of detention Milan-Opera.

people with cognitive difficulties involved have all lived ten years in the Holy Family and the youngest of the prisoners he is 23 years old, while the oldest is 65. The route, developed through a series of meetings on a weekly basis, from June to the end of October, it lasted three months and the developed tools have been used during the Recital of Christmas of the Holy Family.

"We are very proud to have been part of this project," says Barbara Migliavacca, head of the initiative. "The prisoners have lived the experience in a positive way and the guests were able, with the help of these new friends, to create a musical instrument, beautiful and alive. The result is a unique experience and touching, and of this we thank the Association and the director Of Gregory for helping us to make it happen. Each barrier or prison of physical, mental and social can be overcome together in solidarity in a common project."

"The good look and the smile of these new friends - she has written one of the prisoners featured in a letter - I was wrong-footed. Before knowing them and I had the idea that they were seriously ill and that this fact was a crushing weight. With my words of primà I would have said that, without even a trial, were put to life imprisonment. And a lifer are you expecting to face gloomy and dark thoughts. Instead...". Given the great success of the project will be repeated in the spring.

The Association In Work was founded by the Sixth Opera on the 25th June 2016 and over 2017, has become operational within the Prison of Opera, Milan, with the objective of promoting pathways to volunteering, even outside, for the people that are currently admitted, or are in the legal conditions for the admission to the external work. In short, it is an experience of "restorative justice" - the most innovative thinking about the composition of the conflict between the State, the offender and the victim - that has the aim of offering a contribution, and a path to repair the social damage caused to the community through work projects, socially useful and voluntary. A justice that focuses on the person, in the threefold form of the victim, guilty and corrupted, and whose cornerstone is the protection of the personal dignity.

Opened in 1987, the institute of Milan now houses around 1300 inmates with sentences of remaining longer than five years. The rooms, originally single, host a maximum of 2 people. The prison has always been characterized by a plurality of circuits, the prison services, with a strong presence of persons belonging to the organised crime and suffering from diseases.

In the Prison of Opera, the association is aimed not only to prisoners and their families, but providers, prisons, social workers, judges, surveillance, and lawyers, organizing interviews with the inmates, many of whom at the special department of the San Paolo Hospital; dealing with the direct distribution of clothing and hygiene products; distributing eyeglasses; paying small amounts of money to prisoners in need; anticipating their tuition fees by tutoring students; sbrigando administrative practices; organizing reading groups, courses, and movies.

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