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European Journal

Italy: Children of the 'Ndrangheta

Teenagers in Italy who come from Mafia families scarcely ever manage to avoid a criminal career. A juvenile court judge has now resolved to change that.

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For two years, Roberto di Bella has been head of the juvenile court in Reggio Calabria, the center of the 'Ndrangheta criminal organization. He has developed a method to help children from 'Ndrangheta families escape the vicious cycle of criminality. He removes criminal or dangerous teenagers from their families and sends them to care homes or host families. At present 15 teenagers are living with host families, far from their criminal parents.