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Amerykański system penitencjarny a poziom inkarceracji weteranów wojennych
American prison system and incarceration rate war veterans

Author(s): Adam Korolczuk
Subject(s): Politics, Public Administration, Public Law
Published by: Szkoła Główna Handlowa
Keywords: American veterans; justice; incarceration; prison system

Summary/Abstract: There are about 2.2 million prisoners in the USA. It is generally viewed that this number is a result of a too severe penal system connected with the introduction of the absolute intolerance for drug crimes policy. But not only gang members and drug dealers are doing time in prison, this system also applies to war veterans. In 2012, there were 181,500 veterans behind bars, especially participants of the recent wars. Most of them face problems with addiction or struggle with permanent unemployment, homelessness or psychological disorders. This phenomenon is alarming because veterans as a privileged group have a social, medical, education cover and all capabilities not to break the law. Veterans as former soldiers, disciplined and well familiar with criminal law, who received ethics and international humanitarian law training courses, from practical point of view should not break the rules stated by the legal system. The image of former veterans who served their country, totally disagree with penitentiary statistics. Recent years have shown that military service, especially in the area of conflict, may become a double-edged sword, and in fact veterans may pose a threat to society.

  • Issue Year: 13/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 147-172
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: English, Polish