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Paolo Della Sala

Data of fear, fear of data

In recent years, regulations have been approved with increasingly pronounced sanctions, justified by the social alarm induced by the conduct subject to disapproval. But is the statistical data consistent with the answers given by the legislation?

Issue 5/2019

Abstract. The criminal sector is undergoing increasingly repressive reforms and information on criminal phenomena is markedly invasive. Is the resulting social alarm justified by the numbers? The phenomenon of the so-called “road rage” is analysed in detail.and some of the passages of the  parliamentary process are retraced that led to the introduction of art. 589 bis Criminal Code comparing the content of the reform with statistical data. The results obtained are related to other statistical cues (in particular with regard to voluntary homicide) and conclude that the use of statistics (at least in its more easily understood results) would reduce the risk of unnecessary and, in the long term, harmful regulatory interventions.


SUMMARY: 1. Introduction. – 2. A little empirical verification: street murder. – 2.1. The data and the historical series. – 2.1.1. The victims of the road over time. – 2.1.2. A look (albeit limited) at parliamentary work. – 3. Let’s start with the premises. – 4. The idiosyncrasy of the data. – Conclusion: Let’s give the numbers.


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