The first experience of deliberative democracy in Spain in the field of criminal justice and purpose of punishment

Dr. Daniel Varona, law professor at the University of Girona , with the support of DEP Institut, is conducting the first online experience of deliberative democracy in the field of criminal justice in Spain.

It is an exercise in deliberative democracy online format based on a representative sample of the Spanish population. The project will be developed in two phases: the first phase consists of a questionnaire with questions about criminal justice and purpose of punishment. Later, in the second phase, two groups will be created: group A views a documentary reflecting on the topic of study, and group B receives a briefing on this issue and later takes part in a deliberative democracy online forum moderated by Dr. Daniel Varona. Finally, both Group A and Group B, will have to answer the same questionnaire they filled out in the first phase.

By selecting a representative sample, deliberative polls are considered to represent “what the popular mass thinks about any political issue or about some candidates if they were given the opportunity for broad reflection and access to information “(Fishkin, 1995).

In this regard, the final aim is to analyze the effect of receiving additional information and / or participating in a deliberative experience in changing attitudes towards criminal justice and purpose of punishment.

February 16, 2015