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Solving a Puzzle: Deaths Under Deprivation of Liberty in Spain

Ignacio González Sánchez, from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Punishment and its alternatives,” under the title “Solving a Puzzle: Deaths Under Deprivation of Liberty in Spain”. Here is the abstract: Apparently, the death rate of people sentenced to liberty deprivation does not raise many problems, given the special relation that arises between the Authorities and those convicted. Nevertheless, in Spain actual figures are impossible to find in published data. A closer examination reveals that, it is only possible to know how many people died in five out of the last ten years. Inadequacy in the presentation of data, lack of regularity in publications, and the different forms in which the two penal systems in Spain publish their data make uncovering this basic information a difficult task -both from a criminological and a democratic point of view. Here, the available data will be presented and its construction and publication discussed.

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  • “Solving a Puzzle: Deaths Under Deprivation of Liberty in Spain”, by Ignacio González Sánchez (Proceedings)

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