Majority in Spain supports whole life sentences

A SURVEY has revealed that more than half of people in Spain think lifelong jail sentences are necessary.

The latest Metroscopia poll, which included the results of 1,000 telephone interviews carried out last week, was published this morning as changes to the penal code regarding sentences for terrorist crimes are to be debated in the Spanish parliament tomorrow (February 10).

Of the 67 per cent that supported whole life jail sentences, 47 per cent said that these should be revisable.

Although figures have dropped since 2010, when 82 per cent supported the measure, only 18 per cent of those questioned now declared themselves firmly against it.

Women were reported to approve whole life sentences more than men, and those between the ages of 18 and 34 (71 per cent) more than those over 55 (60 per cent).

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