Incarceration as a result of the play of interests in the Polish judicial system

Bartosz Mika , Arkadiusz Peisert


The main aim of this article is to show one of the social trap of the Polish justice system. Using Mertonian category of 'unforeseen consequences' the authors show how the constellations of interests of the main social actors in Polish courts leads to far-from-optimal effects. Inside the system, judges, court staff, lawyers, defendants and others fall into the trap of unforeseen consequences. At the same time, from the macro-social perspective, the effects imply increasing fragmentation of society, insteadof cohesion, for increasing which the whole judicial system is constructed.
Author Bartosz Mika (FSS / IPSJ / DSPIE)
Bartosz Mika,,
- Division of Sociology of Public Issues and Economics
, Arkadiusz Peisert (FSS / IPSJ / DSTSRM)
Arkadiusz Peisert,,
- Division of Sociological Theory and Social Reasearch Methodology
Journal seriesResearch in Social Change, ISSN 1855-4202, e-ISSN 2463-8226, (0 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets1
Keywords in Englishunforeseen consequences, incarceration, imprisonment rate, Polish justice system, restorative justice
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)5
ScoreMinisterial score = 5.0, 24-07-2019, ArticleFromJournal
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