Problematyka rozmieszczania skazanych w świetle kulturowych aspektów obecności cudzoziemców w polskich zakładach karnych

Gutkowska Agnieszka, Fajst Michał
2014 Archiwum Kryminologii  
The cultural diversity of people serving custodial sentences in Poland is an issue that requires intensive research and analysis. In theory, the number of foreigners in Polish prisons might not seem great enough to warrant the interest of either researchers or practitioners. There are said to be around 500 such people (in custody and provisional detention) annually in a population of approx. 80,000. It has to be borne in mind, however, that the presence of people with a completely alien, and
more » ... refore often incomprehensible, cultural code in such a closed environment as a penal institution poses a great challenge, despite their small numbers. This article discusses the results of research conducted on foreigners in selected Polish penal institutions in 2014. The methodology involved analysing case files and conducting in-depth interviews with Prison Service officials and employees as well as the foreign prisoners themselves. These examinations attempted to determine, inter alia, the extent to which the cultural differences that incarcerated foreigners bring with them affect the status of foreigners serving custodial sentences and the way penal institutions function, and how well adapted the Polish prison system is to dealing with people from other cultures. One of the aspects discussed is the issue of accommodating foreigners given custodial sentences. This is analysed from the standpoint of possible cultural differences. According to the current legislation, foreigners are subject to the same rules as Polish prisoners when serving their sentences. The officials who were interviewed stressed that the rules for accommodating foreigners in detention centres and penal institutions are no different from those that apply to Poles – and nor should they be. As the interview progressed, however, these same officials would give examples of situations where the cultural differences of incarcerated foreigners affected e.g. the way they were accommodated in their cells and certain additional difficulties they had in adapting [...]
doi:10.7420/ak2014j doaj:e660dfa0400b458e827656610b0f30d1 fatcat:jcvtqf22wfd4bp6felvmyfgo4q