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Polski system penitencjarny wobec kobiet w XXI w.
Polish Penitentiary System Versus Women in the 21st Century

Author(s): Anna Jarosz
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Political Sciences
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: penitentiary system; women; Poland; penitentiary; crime
Summary/Abstract: The article begins with a brief introduction to the subject, which includes definitions of the penitentiary system, the purpose of executing a custodial sentence, and the typology of penitentiaries.The characteristics of women’s crime have been extensively described. Theories of the causes of “fair sex” crimes have been cited, along with their brief descriptions. Subsequently, the focus has been put on the types of crime committed by women, based on statistical data from the police and the prison services. When describing the crimes committed by women, particular attention has been paid to criminal offences endangering life or health, suchas murder and infanticide as well as crimes against family members and providing care, specifically mental and physical abuse.The key element of the article is the specificity of how the Polish penitentiary system functions and treats women; it describes the differences and privileges applicable to female prisoners as juxtaposed with men serving a custodial sentence. Further, the article provides a detailed description of the situation of pregnant women and single mothers taking care of children up to three years. Described in the text, there are also disadvantageous situations resulting from gender division. Finally, the characteristics of the group of female prisoners detained in the Lubliniec Prison are presented. In addition to profiling, the article also offers an examination of selected rehabilitation programs implemented in the same prison in recent years.

  • Page Range: 311-329
  • Page Count: 29
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish