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NCJ Number: 90771 Find in a Library
Title: Philosophy of Deinstitutionalization and That of Criminalization
Journal: Rassegna penitenziaria e criminologica  Issue:3-4  Dated:(July-December 1979)  Pages:209-221
Author(s): V Esposito
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 13
Format: Article
Language: Italian
Country: Italy
Annotation: The author, who was a member of the group that drafted the bill containing 'changes in the penal system,' clarifies some of the aims behind the bill and shows the way in which the main ideas underlying the reform reflect the commitments that Italy has already undertaken, as well as those that are now envisaged.
Abstract: Guidelines which have been laid down by the most authoritative international organizations are presented. The author also criticizes the limits of the reform, which in his view, has not taken adequate account of the current degree of social 'undesirability' of most of the decriminalized types of behavior, and has not examined the advisability of using suitable mechanisms for totally decriminalizing them. In these terms, the author illustrates the findings of an international group of experts from the Council of Europe, which has compared the legislation and practice of all the countries that belong to the Council, and has suggested practical models for decriminalization that could be used uniformly in all European countries. (Author summary modified)
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Corrections in foreign countries; Decriminalization; Italy; Legislation; Model penal code
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