Allegri, Perla Arianna

Universitá degli Studi di Torino
12 Oct 2019 to 19 Oct 2019

I hold a PhD in Philosophy and Sociology of Law, “Law and Social Organizations”, I'm currently research fellow in the Department of Law at the University of Torino (Italy).

My main field of interest is sociology of law, critical criminology.

My current project focus on the alternatives to imprisonment in pre trial detention, such as Electronic Monitoring.

Academic title/s: Research fellow, Law Department  - University of Torino (Italy)

Area(s) of expertise: Sociology of Law, Critical Criminology

Experience in Oñati: 

The object of my work is the analysis of electronic control applied as an alternative to pre-trial detention.

More specifically, I tried to identify what is meant by Electronic Monitoring and what are the consequences of using a new punitive tool, such as the electronic ankle bracelet, on criminal control.

The interest in this theme emanates, on one side, from the unexpected commotion that in recent years has characterized national courts and mass media and, on the other hand, by the constant increase in the number of people crossing prison thresholds despite several deflationary measures introduced by the Italian legislator after the “Torreggiani and others c. Italy” C. Edu pilot judgment, against the generalized overcrowding that has afflicted Italian penal institutions for years.

Electronic monitoring technologies have been very successful abroad, and have been embraced by over thirty countries all over the world. However, some criticism about electronic surveillance is raised by  several authors complain about the mere expiation of condemnation from a penitentiary setting to a domestic one, creating a new way of serving one’s sentence based exclusively on the so-called “seclusion”, an exclusion that has the only function of separating the suspect or the condemned from society with the ultimate aim of creating social security.

As a matter of fact, Electronic Monitoring was originally designed to provide an alternative to incarceration but it has entailed a widening of the penal net: not only by creating new forms of punishment but also by including an ever wider group of citizens in the “prison archipelago”.

The research wants to point out the role of the Italian Lawmaker and of the judges in the development of new forms of social control to better understand how they contribute to the expansion of the crime control system.