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Young Detainees meeting Law Students; an effort to bridge the gap

Christina Papadopoulou
IJJO. II International Conference on Juvenile Justice. Brussels 2006.


Communication submitted in the II International Conference on Juvenile Justice "Juvenile Justice in Europe: A framework for the integration". Brussels 2006.

The Department of Criminal Law and Criminology of the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki implements, since October 2001, a quite innovative project aimed to address the needs for socialisation and integration of young offenders held in closed correctional institutions such as the Judicial Prison of Thessaloniki. Having in mind that adequate education is very limited if non-existent and combined with total exclusion from any form of social activity or exchange, the Department formulated a non-formal educational programme aimed to promote a range of skills and competencies.

The programme actually addresses two main groups of beneficiaries; the young detainees (aged 13 -21) on one hand and the young students (aged 19 -21) on the other, and seeks to develop interpersonal communication skills, active interaction, teamwork and social inclusion. Furthermore, it seeks to give the young participants the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the idea of volunteerism and active participation to social activities aiming at the promotion of human rights, tolerance and human dignity. Finally it offers both the groups, and especially the young detainees, the opportunity to express their views through the creation of an exhibition which will be the vehicle for the presentation to the public of their thoughts, their problems and anxieties experienced within the juvenile justice system and the prison environment.


National - Greece

Year Language

2006 English

Category Type

Grey Literature Communication


Education, Insertion, Offenders, Programs


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