The Italian Almanac

an old view of San Vittore prison

Italian News - July 3

A new board game based on life at Milan's San Vittore prison will help Italians find out what happens after you pull the 'jail' card. Called "Criminal Mouse" in English, the game made by prisoners challenges players to get through the system. A roll of the dice can mean rat-infested cells, repeat sentences or going to rehabilitation classes, visits from loved ones, time off for good behavior and, finally, freedom.

Criminal Mouse is the latest effort from, creative hub of the Milanese prison that has also given birth to an inmates' recipe book, a collection of love poems and a successful sit-com. The game has no high-minded goal of acting as a deterrent but hopes to give those who are unlikely to wear prison grays some understanding of life behind bars.