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Juvenile Justice in Global Perspective$
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Franklin E. Zimring, Maximo Langer, and David S. Tanenhaus

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479826537

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479826537.001.0001

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Juvenile Justice in Poland

Juvenile Justice in Poland

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Juvenile Justice in Global Perspective

Barbara Stańdo-Kawecka

NYU Press

This chapter provides an extensive history of juvenile justice in Poland and traces the apparent impact of the country's transition from socialist satellite that happened in 1989. The juvenile justice system in Poland is currently regulated by the 1982 Juvenile Act (JA). As a result of regulations included in the 1982 JA, the juvenile justice system ceased to be a juvenile criminal justice system and was remodeled in the direction of a modified version of a youth protection system. Family courts dealing with both delinquent and “problematic” but nondelinquent juveniles were granted large discretionary powers, and juveniles were treated generally not as persons responsible for their behaviors but rather as objects of protective, educational, and rehabilitative efforts made by family judges in cooperation with probation officers and diagnostic, educational, or correctional institutions.

Keywords:   Polish juvenile justice system, youth justice, youth protection system, family courts, 1982 Juvenile Act

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