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Gioacchino Lavanco

Gioacchino Lavanco is a professor of Psychology of Community and director of the Department of Psychology, Educational Science, and Human Movement at the University of Palermo (Italy). He is a trainer for the Prison Service and a lifelong educator. He is also the author of several articles and books about social services and well-being in the community, including “Adolescenti e giovani detenuti fra legalità e cultura criminale: la gestione degli eventi critici” (“Adolescents and young prisoners between legality and criminal culture: The management of critical events,” 2018), and “Comunità chiuse, comunità aperte: rimanere chiusi ‘fuori’ dal carcere” (“Closed communities, open communities: Staying closed ‘out’ of prison,” 2017; with C. Novara).

Countries around the world have disparate experiences with education in prison. For decades, the United States has been locked in a pattern of exceptionally...

Gioacchino Lavanco