The theme of social rehabilitation in the prison environment dovetails with the concept of "capturing tomorrow," and Elisabetta brought it excellently to our eyes.

Elisabetta Zavoli


This photographic project is about Educating Communities for Prisoners, established in Rimini, almost 20 years ago and then spread all over Italy. Educational Communities are places where prisoners serve their sentence by following a rehabilitation program.

Italian prison system is one of the most controversial in Europe: overcrowded buildings, undersized staff, few alternative detention programs. Article 27 of the Constitution states "punishments must aim at the re-education of the condemned”, yet 75% of those who leave prison after having served their sentence go back to committing crimes, mostly because the period of detention becomes a crime school. Giorgio Pieri, a former Italian biologist, founded Educating Communities for Prisoners, an alternative to the detention system. Since 2004, he opened 9 shelter houses in Italy and 2 in Cameroon, where more than 3,500 people serve their sentence living together with other inmates, social workers and volunteers, and following an educational and professional path. Pieri, inspired by the Brazilian experience of the APAC, a model of "open" prisons, was moved by the awareness that “social security is not given by the certainty of the sentence but by the certainty of rehabilitation”.


Born in Rimini in 1976. Has a degree in Environmental Science and has been involved in documentary photography since 2009. She spent 10 years living in Algeria and Indonesia working primarily on environmental issues. The winner of international awards and grants for investigative journalism including the 78th POYi, National Geographic Explorer, Earth Photo Award, Journalism Grants for Innovation in Development Reporting, and in 2020 she co-founded Radar Magazine, an online magazine focused on environmental issues.

Elisabetta Zavoli