This article sets out to investigate first of all the heterogeneity of the places and the existences that can be traced back to the phenomenon of "restraint". The genealogy of the phenomenon, with special reference to the centres established to identify and expel migrants, has a significant theoretical benchmark in Foucault’s analysis of internment. A quick look at the more relevant legislation in the field, at both national and supranational level, is followed by the discussion of the two decisions of the Italian judge of first instance. These decisions refer to certain instances of riotous behaviour inside the centres, making an appraisal that knows no precedent in Italy. The conditions of restraint to which the individuals in question are subjected are considered to be unsatisfactory and in breach of the human rights of the accused. In particular, the Court of Crotone has recognised the exculpating circumstance of self-defence in favour of the detainees, stressing that they acted to defend their rights against the imminent danger of an unjust breach of their freedom and dignity, exercising a right of resistance to the restraining power exercised in breach of international, EU and domestic law.
Keywords: Restraint - Treatment - Resistance - Legitimate defence