Ministry of Justice, DGM, Office for Studies, Research and International Activities

The Office for Studies, Research and International Activities, Department of Juvenile Justice, Ministry of Justice, directed by Dr. Isabella Mastropasqua, has completed several activities functional at preventing and contrasting juvenile criminality.

We list the most relevant of the latest years, with the purpose of being brief:


  • Research Project “Gi.Gi. Juveniles and justice”
  • Research Project “Stop the deviant careers of Juvenile Criminals (STOP-CAR)
  • Social structure, selectivity of the criminal justice system and jail life: an observatory on the Italian jail population
  • Research Project “New Vision of Minority Rights”
  • Youth In Action European Programme
  • Variables inside the Juvenile Justice System Mediation and R.J
  • Poly-consumption of drugs and new substances
  • Juveniles and organised crime
  • Life conditions of imprisoned young adults
  • Drug consumption among foreign children and the answer of social services
  • Collective deviance
  • The attitude of juveniles concerning the values forwarded by treatment
  • Local observatories on juvenile deviance
  • Investigation on good practice in the juvenile justice sector
  • Total quality of interventions aimed at toxic rehabilitation in the Juvenile Justice system
  • Health protection of the child subject to restrictive measures
  • Psycho-pathologies in the Juvenile Criminal Justice Services
  • Young adults, drugs and organised crime
  • Proscriptions and forced housing – study on the application of articles 20 2 21 d.p.r. 448/88
  • OIM – foreign delinquent young adults, judiciary measures and rehabilitation interventions


  • Research Project “Tools In Network (T.I.N.)” – European Programme Leonardo
  • EU Research Project “Family Roots” – Communitarian Programme “Prevention and Fight against Crime
  • European Paths towards a culture of lawfulness for young offenders and young persons at risk of marginalisation
  • Research Project on criminal minors
  • Research Project Juvcrime “Analysis of the causes of juvenile delinquency, at a micro and macro economical level, evaluating said impact on individual and social welfare of intervention measures”
  • Restorative Justice and Crime Prevention


Crime Prevention Network (E.U.C.P.N.)

  • Cultural mediation
  • Investigation of deviant behaviour by foreign minors in Italy and within the Juvenile Justice System
  • Conference on assistance to cross-border victims in the European Union Stockholm, 4-6 September 2003
  • European Crime Prevention Network – Subgroup Youth Crime – Vienna, 12 December 2003
  • COUNCIL DECISION of 28 May 2001 setting up a European crime prevention network
  • Rules of procedure for the European Crime Prevention Network
  • The Hague Programme
  • Good practice methodology
  • Tampere European Council October 1999
  • Luxembourg 2436° Council
  • Programmatic Lines for Crime Prevention 2004


 The Nisida European Centre of Studies was born as a Service aimed at research, monitoring and analysis of juvenile delinquency phenomena in Europe. The activities of the Study Centre are aimed at creating a “shared knowledge” system concerning the workings of the juvenile criminal justice system in Europe, aimed at the support of legislative developments and social prevention measures aimed for stopping juvenile delinquency. The Nisida Centre started a comparison work detailing legislative systems, social policies and justice aimed at the contrast of juvenile delinquency, in the various European States. One of the main aims of the Study Centre is the creation of a permanent European Observatory focused on detailing juvenile deviance and criminality. Open to Social services and operators, the Observatory will create a centre for study and analysis focused on legislations, experiences and good practice interventions created by the Member states.