Issue 1 - September 2010

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Combating discrimination and social exclusion:
the “EPAFI” (“CONTACT”) program, where young Law students meet young inmates...

Konstantinos Panagos,
Student, Law School of Thessaloniki
The “EPAFI” (“CONTACT”) program is an initiative by the Law students in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki to communicate with young prisoners in the prison of Diavata in Thessaloniki beginning in March 2008. This program is sponsored by the Greek General Secretariat for Youth (Youth Institute) and is coordinated by Sofia Giovanoglou, Dr. of Law, who is also the legal representative of the group of student volunteers. The program itself is a continuation of an earlier one conducted by the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 2001, entitled  “DIODOS” (“PATHWAY”).

The aim of the “EPAFI” program is to build a bridge of communication between two similar age groups (19 to 20 years old on average), students of law on one side, and young prisoners in the prison of Diavata in Thessaloniki on the other. Specifically, the program seeks to reduce the prisoners’ sense of isolation and exclusion, to extend their knowledge of their rights and obligations, to reduce the "stigma" that leads them back to prison, and to assist their reintegration into society. Moreover, it seeks to engage students with the volunteering process. The overall length is 18 months (March 2008 - May 2009).

The volunteers in order to prepare for entering the prison attend six seminars on the following issues: 1) "Voluntary assignment of students in the framework of programs for the social reintegration of prisoners. Volunteers and students from the 1st and 2nd phases of the earlier “DIODOS” program describe their experience as volunteers. 2) "Criminal treatment of children; sentencing practices of youngsters and their life in prison.” 3) "Rights of Prisoners: e.g. the right to communicate" 4) “Institutional problems of social reintegration of released prisoners”. 5) "The role of volunteers in correctional detention facilities and 6) "Approaches to drug addiction: the drama-therapy method ".

In May 2008 the planned visits by the student volunteers to the prison of Diavata in Thessaloniki began with the implementation of Drama Therapy activities, discussions and exchanges of views on the rights and obligations of prisoners, other informal education courses, etc.
Also, on Saturday, 24th May 2008, student volunteers who had been moved by the isolation of the young prisoners, performed a play in the prison in cooperation with the Student Week and the "Greek Playback Theater" group. The Playback performance, which differed from the traditional form of theater, because it involved participation from both the actors and the audience (young prisoners and students), successfully achieving its interactive-entertainment aim. It encouraged young prisoners to describe their personal experiences to be interpreted and dramatized by the trained actors, sharing in this way their feelings with the students.

The website of the Program is under construction (,that will provide an electronic forum for discussions between the team of student volunteers with students from other universities, as with other stakeholders. Finally, the program is due to complete in May 2009 with a forum held at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for the presentation and dissemination to the general public of the results.

Emeritus Professor Calliope Spinellis
"Today, there are several well-qualified criminologists in Greece".

Victim offender mediation in family violence cases
The greek experience

by Vasso Artinopoulou,
Ass. Professor of Criminology,  Panteion University (GR) 
The article describes the implementation of victim offender mediation as provided by law in cases of domestic violence in Greece

Improving prison conditions in Greece
... by Nestor E. Courakis
Professor of Criminology & Penology
Faculty of Law, University of Athens (GR)
"This editorial is dedicated to prisons and the Greek penal system since we believe it is the duty of any society to give priority to correctional topics and have as its main objective to improve prison conditions.
How might this improvement be achieved, however?
With this issue we celebrate the English-language edition of the Greek electronic journal “The Art of Crime”. It would be trite to discuss here emotions such as elation and hope that of course are called for at a time like this. The overwhelming emotion, at least to me, is gratitude to the main protagonists of this first criminological electronic magazine in our country, i.e. to Fotios Spyropoulos and Dionysis Chionis ..."

Innocent prisoners and deceived offenders
"punishing somebody who is innocent is a crime"
Have you ever considered what it would be like to be wrongly arrested by the authorities, detained on remand, and after a few months it was proved that you had been wrongly accused and had nothing to do with the case? The issue of wrongful remand of prisoners came to light again in Greece with the case of a young man from the greek island of Mytilene who was arrested and prosecuted for rape and attempted serial rape of 5 women...

Constantine Gardikas
Constantine Gardikas, the son of George Gardikas, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Athens, was born in the city of Patras in 1896. Constantine Gardikas developed into a prolific scientist with a solid classical education.

He studied law in Athens, and he continued his studies in Zurich and Geneva specializing in criminal law and criminology.  He received his doctorate degree at the age of 22 and then started lecturing at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. ...

Advice on the use of credit cards

"Plastic money" has replaced cash as the dominant method of payment in our everyday transactions.
We are familiar, therefore, with the use of credit cards, but how well do we know to protect ourselves from credit card fraud?
Problems of reoffending of young detainees
Conclusions of the follow-up research of the Center for Penal and Criminological Research (University of Athens)
 by Nestor E. Courakis
       Professor of Criminology
       University of Athens (GR)
This research was characterized as a follow-up because its main purpose was to discover first, what happened to Greek juvenile detainees with whom we had run interviews in the previous stage of the research (1993) ...

“Asking people…”
Interesting questions and even more interesting responses

The events that took place in late 2008, in Greece, in the state correctional facilities, the hunger strike of prisoners and the widespread violent protests concerning prison conditions didn’t leave us unaffected. So we found the opportunity to ask people’s opinion on this important issue. We take the recorder into the street ... and ask YOUR opinion:

"Do you believe there must be changes in the conditions of imprisonment in our country and if so, what should they be?”


The profile of a famous greek criminal through the eye of a camera, the lyrics of a song and his autobiography

A book, a song, and a movie with the same protagonist…
Nikos Koemtzis, a famous Greek criminal who killed three people and stabbed seven more, all because he wanted to dance to a song he had "ordered" from the musicians in a music hall. He transferred the story of his life to a book. Dionysis Savvopoulos (a famous Greek singer-songwriter) read the book and turned it into a song. Pavlos Tassios (a well known Greek director) heard the song and made a film. And now we present a criminologist’s scientific analysis of this artistic triptych.
A case study of a recidivist criminal
This is the interesting story of a recidivist criminal (Elias) who is incarcerated in a Greek prison. We managed to interview him, unattended, in late May 1999 in a special area in the guardhouse yard. The main topic of our conversation was his life story, the life of a young man through the prison bars… 


Constanteion - Centre of Criminology & Psychology Researches

Federation of Prison Officers

Professor Nestor Courakis

Ministry of Citizen Protection

I feel safe

Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights

Hellenic Supreme Court of Civil and Penal Law


Professor Giannis Panousis

Centre for Psychoanalytic Research

Sector of Criminal Sciences - Faculty of Law - National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Association of greek criminologists - Panteion University

Centre of Social Research - Technological Education Institute of Messolonghi

Sector of Criminology - Panteion University

Sector of Penal and Criminological Sciences - Faculty of Law - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

European Court of Human Rights - Search Portal

Hellenic League for Human Rights

Marangkopoulos Foundation for Human Rights

Faculty of Law - National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Centre for Penal and Criminological Research

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