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Imprisonment in Poland from the 15th century to the middle of the 19th century

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imprisonment   history of punishment   prison   criminal law


Tyt. tomu: Założenie racjonalnego prawodawcy w polskim porządku prawnym. Księga Jubileuszowa z okazji siedemdziesięciopięciolecia Wydziału Prawa, Administracji i Ekonomii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego


The study presents the development of imprisonment in Poland up to the 19th century. The old Polish law, in the scope of broadly understood punishments in the wild, provided for several significantly different forms of isolation. These differences were a consequence of the entities to which they could be used, the manner of execution, and the consequences of use (disgraceful or non-disgraceful). The places of its execution were also varied. These could have been dungeons, fortresses, castles, monasteries, prisons, taverns rented for this purpose, or the house of the convict. Imprisonment sanctions becoming markedly accelerated, changed the system of medieval execution of penalties based on corporal punishment in the direction of modern penal systems, based on isolation, as an independent and dominant criminal sanction.

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Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

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ISSN 0239-6661   ISSN 0137-1134




pol   eng


Acta Universitatis Wratislaviensis, ISSN 0239-6661, No 3978. Przegląd Prawa i Administracji 2020, 120, cz. 2, s. 679-694

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Czasopisma Naukowe w Sieci (CNS)

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