LECCE, ITALY - 10 NOVEMBER 2016: The mugshot room of male inmates unit is seen here in the largest penitentiary in the southern Italian region of Apulia, holding 1,004 inmates in the outskirts of Lecce, Italy, on November 10th 2016.
Here a group of ten high-security female inmates and aspiring sommeliers , some of which are married to mafia mobsters or have been convicted for criminal association (crimes carrying up to to decades of jail time), are taking a course of eight lessons to learn how to taste, choose and serve local wines.
The classes are part of a wide-ranging educational program to teach inmates new professional skills, as well as help them develop a bond with the region they live in.
Since the 1970s, Italian norms have been providing for reeducation and a personalized approach to detention. However, the lack of funds to rehabilitate inmates, alongside the chronic overcrowding of Italian prisons, have created a reality of thousands of incarcerated men and women with little to do all day long. Especially those with a serious criminal record, experts said, need dedicated therapy and professionals who can help them.