The first two Living Labs took place in Italy. Our italian consortium partners the Minsitry of Justice in Italy - Triveneto Region and the Foundation Agenfor International carried out two activities on penal mediation and IT tools to prevent violent extremism.

On the 12, 13th of February the first Living Lab activities took place in Italy, organized by the consoritum partners Ministry of Justice of Italy – Triveneto Region and the NGO Agenfor International. In those Living Labs, first-line practitioners discussed the application of penal mediation and IT tools in the field of P/CVE.

The first Living Lab addrees the topic of penal mediation. Around 30 people, among which there were some judges and magistrates, prison staff, penitentiary police, penal mediators and researchers, discussed on the judicial and practical application of penal mediation as a means of disengagement from violent extremism.

The activity was crucial to start designing a pilot project on penal mediation that the Minsitry of Justice and Agenfor International will carry out from May to October 2019. Within the context of MINDb4ACT, the italian consortium partners will organise some penal mediation activities with radicalized inmates in order to see the likely positive effects that this practice could have on them.

This project is perfectly in line with the European Parlament and the Council of Europe (Directive 2012/29/UE published on the 25 of October 2012), organizations that encourage the application of penal mediation as a means of restorative justice. The successful of such a project could be a turn over within the penitentiary systems, being as example for other European countries who are struggling with disengagement practices in prisons.

The second Living Lab was focused on IT tools to prevent crimes. Participated at this round table many private IT European companies, some researchers, prison staff and Triveneto Unit in charge of observing and evaluating cases of radicalization in prisons (NIR). This activity enable the penitentiary police to have a sincere interchange with the IT experts, discussing the possible implementation of technological prototypes able to target their security needs.

This Living Labs brought to two products that will be tested within the context of MINDb4ACT. First, a forensic laboratory with experts able to test IT tools to prevent crime in prisons will be implemented. Second, such a laboratory will test,  among 1 and 2 IT prototypes able to prevent violent extremism. If successful, such pilot project could be a first point for the use of technologies in the prison contexts in Italy and, furthermore, in Europe.

The methodology of Living Labs is the core of the MINDb4ACT project. By definition, Living Labs is an innovative participatory methodology based on active collaboration and cooperation between varios agents of the system. In MINDb4ACT, Living Labs are used to discuss and design pilot projects to be implemented in the field of P/CVE. Its aim is threefold: 1) create an open space to share distinct perspective and experiences on P/CVE; 2) open up innovation P/CVE projects to the beneficiaries; 3) come up with more people-centred P/CVE produces and services.