This issue focuses on the figure of the juvenile judge. In the bibliographic review, Luigi Fadiga, Professor of Juvenile Law at the LUMSA University in Rome, former president of the Juvenile Court of Rome, describes the historical steps which have led to the gradual definition of the role of the juvenile judge in Italy.
Already in 1908 it was established that judges had to specialize in juvenile law. Afterwards, several legal provisions established that the same applied to all the parties involved in criminal proceedings against minors, including lawyers, social workers and criminal investigators – in a perspective which goes beyond the traditional division between criminal and civil responsibility.
Juvenile justice is also the focus of the filmography review by Fabrizio Colamartino. Juvenile justice and – even more so – juvenile imprisonment are often by their own nature neglected by cinema, except for some films which expose the inhuman conditions of life of minors in prison. However, cinema – and even more so theatre – can become opportunities for freedom and emancipation for young prisoners, as shown by many projects carried out in juvenile detention centres.
Also this issue contains a lot of reading recommendations, which are ordered according to a specific classification system: the texts have been selected among the main Italian and international publications and the grey literature produced by institutions such as Regions, Provinces and Municipalities.