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Journal of Human Growth and Development

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LAGANA, Elisabetta. Taking care of deinstitutionalization. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2010, vol.20, n.1, pp. 42-50. ISSN 0104-1282.

The author describes the mission and the organization of Italian Justice Conference on Voluntary Service and emphasizes the principles of its activity: the safeguard of rights, the responsibility, the gratuitousness, the value of relation. Whereas the institution impoverishes, the relation between inmates and volunteers means improvement of persons, since without power involvement. Moreover the volunteers give concrete opportunities to reintegrate patients into society and to reconstruct a social network. Recently two events started and made close the overcoming of the Criminal Mental Hospitals in Italy: first the bill of a new penal code that abrogates the concept of mental patients social dangerousness, secondly the health system change from the Department of Justice to the Department of Health for Criminal Mental Hospitals and Prisons.

Keywords : Voluntary Service; Inmates Rights; Psychotherapeutic Relation; Criminal Mental Hospital; Health in Prisons.

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