MILANO, ITALY - 1 MARCH 2016: An empty watchtower and an unwatched perimiter wall of the Bollate prison are seen here in Milan, Italy, on March 1st 2016. The watchtowers have been in disuse for years since the inmates are free to move around from one area to the other of the prison, while others are free to go work outside the penitentiary.
The Bollate prison is known for being a good example of penitentiary administration. The inmates are free to move around from one area to the other inside the prison (their cells open at 7:30am and close at 9pm) to go study, exercise in a gym, or work (in a call center, as scenographers, tailors, gardeners, cooks, typographers, among others) in one of the 11 co-operatives inside the prison or in one of the private partnering businesses outside the prison. The turnover of the co-operatives that work inside the prison was €2mln in 2012.
The philosophy of the prison is to make inmates responsible. The recidivity of the Bollate prison is low (approximately 20%) compared to the national average of Italian prison, which is about 65%.
In October 2015, the prison and the co-operative ABS La Sapienza inaugurated "InGalera" (which translates in English as "InJail"), the first restaurant located inside a prison and offering high-quality cooking to the public and a future to the inmates. It is open five days a week for lunch and dinner, and seats 55 people. There are 9 people involved in the project, including cooks and waiters, all regularly employed and all inmates of the prison, apart from the chef and the maître d’hôtel, recruited from outside to guarantee the high quality of the food served. The restaurant is a project of the co-operative ABC La Sapienza - that operates inside the prison and provides more than 1,000 meals three times a day with the help of inmates they've hired - and of PwC, a multinational operating in the field of corporate consultancy. The goal of this project is to follow prisoners in rehabilitation proces