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Itaca Project

The Project

The ITACA Project intends to study the particular type of crimes related to juvenile gangs. Developed at a European level, it aims at paying close attention to two points: the ways in which juvenile crime groups starts to commit crimes and the specific connotations that these actions assumes for society.

Through this project, partners want to start a debate in order to establish the outline, the characteristics and the actual scope and extent of the issue of juvenile gangs in Europe. To create a common vision of the phenomenon could indeed facilitate its understanding and subsequently facilitate its prevention and treatment.

Concretely, the ITACA Project will gather and share good praxis implemented throughout Europe to address youth gangs, underline the specificities of each European country involve in the project, generate a wide European understanding of the phenomenon, and offer solutions that could be implemented at either national or European level.

Hence, the ITACA Project is divided into three point of time.

From Mars 2011 to December 2011, partners will collect and study data on youth gangs in their countries paying close attention to eventual specificities and solutions, practices and other means used and implemented to address gangs.

Then, from January 2012 to October 2012, partners will share their studies and compare their data, especially focusing on the prevention and treatment schemes implemented in each country.

Eventually from July 2012 to February 2013, partners of the ITACA Project will come up with a widespread analysis on youth gangs, a European overview of the phenomenon and propose recommendations to all the stakeholders open to addressing juvenile gangs at a national or European level.