voterra-italy-prison.jpgThe gourmet dining is lovely in a 16th-century fortress overlooking the medieval Italian town of Volterra in famed Tuscany. But the fortress is a high-security prison, and the meal is prepared, cooked and served by 30 of its 150 inmates.

“My aim is to create working opportunities for the inmates outside, and in return offer real services,” says Maria Grazia Gianpiccolo, the prison’s director.

In fact, 25 inmates work outside the prison during the day and come back in the evening; eight of these, Gianpiccolo says, work in restaurants as a result of their experience inside the penitentiary.

(Continue reading in Ode Magazine w/ photo)

Also, watch the CBS video, prepared in the prison 2 years ago… 


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