Criminal Justice Issues in Chile

Organised by the University of Edinburgh Criminology Reading GroupĀ 

“Do members of the public adhere to the principles of criminal law? An exploratory study in Concepcion City, Chile”

Pablo Fuentealba Carrasco, University of Edinburgh-Universidad de Concepcion

The public adherence to the principles of criminal was the topic that Pablo Fuentealba Carrasco addressed during his master dissertation. It sought to know to what extent people believe and endorse the principles of Criminal Law (presumption of innocence, due process, humanity of punishment, etc.), which factors influence this adherence and how the adherence impacts on trust in justice (courts and police).

“Elderly prisoners in Chile: Ageing in a time of crisis”

Daniela Mardones-Bravo, University of Edinburgh

Most countries have experienced an increase in the number of elderlies; this change has been created by a general rise in life expectancy and the increase in the duration of sentences and legal changes that favour punitiveness and criminal populism, including the so-called “war on drugs”. In this way, the expectation of only having to worry about young men in prison is outweighed by the reality of the prison population’s diversity. Preliminary results show that elderly prisoners are a group that is experiencing extra difficulties and added pains of imprisonment. This is qualitative research. The data was collected through semi-structured interviews with elderly prisoners and practitioners that work with them in Chilean prisons. The presentation will also address the helplessness in which older men and women find themselves when they do not conform to the expectations of behaviour, mobility, and health expected of prisoners, including how the pandemic has impacted their lives, using Chile’s case as an example.

This event will take place for an hour with an opportunity for Q&A and discussion towards the end. The event is free for all and will take place on Zoom, please register to get the link!