Il discorso del Papa? Un testo profondamente garantista

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The Pope's speech? A deeply guaranteed text

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The text is the content of an "interview" on Pope Francis' speech of 23 October 2014 to a delegation from the International Association of Criminal Law and other associations operating in the criminal sphere. This subject is discussed various assumptions, which assume considerable political and criminal importance: the need to avoid a demagogic use of the criminal systems, based on the "conviction that through the public penalty the most disparate social problems can be solved" (cd "populism criminal"); the tendency to use the condemned as "scapegoats" who "pay for all social ills" and, in this sense, criticize the so-called "enemy" criminal law; the denunciation of the retreat with respect to the commitment regarding "the replacement of the prison with other alternative penal sanctions", according to the principle "caution in poena"; the unequivocal indication as to the non-admissibility of the death penalty, to be referred also to the actual application of the same through "extrajudicial or extra-legal executions"; the qualification of life imprisonment as "hidden death penalty". At the same time, the strong words used by the Pope are stressed - in the name of the "pro homine" principle, which demands unconditional respect for human dignity - to stigmatize torture, as it is widely practiced not only as a "means to achieve a certain end" , but also as an authentic "plus of pain that is added to the evils proper to detention", the punishment of children, the elderly and other subjects in particular conditions, the trafficking of persons, corruption as an endemic evil connected to the "scandalous concentration of global wealth ", the privileged protection, with respect to the citizens, of the operators of the economic and financial markets, the unfairly selective nature of criminal sanctions.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The Pope's speech? A deeply guaranteed text
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)11-15
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • corruzione
  • diritto penale del nemico
  • ergastolo
  • pena di morte
  • politica criminale
  • riforma del sistema sanzionatorio penale
  • tortura
  • tratta delle persone

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