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Minimal criminal law
Author/s: Morris L. Ghezzi 
Year:  2016 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  7 Pg. 159-165 FullText PDF:  132 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SD2016-001007
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The time has come to take an organic approach to the issue of minimal criminal law. This is not a question of adjusting the prison penalties established by the law and their duration, but of cleansing criminal law of all those crimes that involve no violence or bloodshed, so by their very nature do not belong under this sphere, but can at the most come under that of civil or administrative law. Today’s sociological problem is the increasing extension of the use of criminal law as an expression of the dominant and totalitarian power of the state and of its arrogant attitude of supremacy over its citizens. For this reason, minimal criminal law is now not only a requirement of a systemic deficiency and judicial logistics, but also an imperative for safeguarding the democratic freedoms that risk being suppressed by an excessive spread of legitimation of the state’s exclusive use of force.
Keywords: Minimal criminal law - Depenalisation - Democracy

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Morris L. Ghezzi, Minimal criminal law in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL DIRITTO " 1/2016, pp. 159-165, DOI:10.3280/SD2016-001007


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