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What happened to the Godfather? The vicissitudes of restitutive justice in Southwestern Sicily

Event date: Tuesday, November 06, 2018, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: 170 St. George Street, Room 318

The Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies presents
Professor Naor H. Ben-Yehoyada (Columbia University)

“What happened to the Godfather? The vicissitudes of restitutive justice in Southwestern Sicily”

In a key site of Anti-/mafia in Sicily, administrative courts order to seize assets of suspected mafiosi or their affiliates (~$10 Billion to date), which become permanently confiscated upon conviction (~$5 Billion), and can subsequently be assigned to cooperatives and voluntary organizations for social use. This vast-scale restitutive justice project has transformed allegiances and alliances in southwestern Sicily. This paper examines how these transformations have affected the balance within the perennial binary vision of Cosa Nostra: as criminal power and/or as a criminal organization, especially the trending criticism against the persons leading the administration and reuse of confiscated assets.

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