A special ward
in Milan's San Vittore prison
On July 14, 2002 La Nave was born on the last floor of the third ray of the Milanese prison San Vittore. A ward for the treatment and cure of addictions, La Nave is a special place for the inmates/patients, with its cells open twelve hours a day, a revolution for that time, and all the psychotherapeutic activities - lessons about lawfulness, drugs and addictions study groups, creative writing and theater meetings, a monthly magazine, cardboard works, yoga and the choir in between. True "commitments" that scan the lives of these people - the inmates - that the normality of many other prisons often forces to bivouac in anonymous and alienating places with nothing to do and nothing to learn.
For the patients la Nave is first and foremost a health service to stem and fight addiction to substances prior to reliance for recovery and reintegration services outside the prison.