20 years on the path – the criminal careers of Polish juvenile girls
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The ongoing research conducted at the Department of Criminology at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences into juvenile delinquency has resulted in a database of individuals who appeared before family and juvenile court for a punishable offence before 2000. The database enabled the continuation of research into the fate of juvenile girls, offering unique insightinto the lives of those individuals who continued to break the law in adulthood. The analysis of juvenile girls’ offending was based on studies of court files at the time. Since then, the convictions of the juveniles in question has been verified three times: in 2011, in 2016 (for the period 2011–2015), andin 2018 (for the years 2016 and 2017). For the research covering the period 2017–2019, 836 qualifying juvenile girls remained. Of this group, 167 had been convicted of a criminal offence as adults,which is one in five study subjects. For the sake of the study, the research team decided to do an in-depth analysis of the group of women who committed at least three offences in adulthood, for which they had had at least two convictions. Such an established framework yielded 64 records (7.7% of the total juveniles in the research).
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