Editorial Board of the Archives of Criminology (Archiwum Kryminologii), the oldest and most prestigious peer-reviewed Polish criminological journal, decided to prepare this special issue.
The criminological literature devoted to the con sequences of the political, economic, and social transition in Central and Eastern Europe has been steadily growing over the past thirty years. In our opinion, it may be well worth the effort to contribute to this literature with a collection of articles by several authors from Central and Eastern Europe presenting a Central and Eastern European perspective on selected issues regarding crime and crime control after the fall of communism. We feel that we are now able to present our readers with twelve interesting and high-quality papers that deal with various aspects of crime and crime control throughout the region during the last thirty years, and the current situation regarding these problems. The authors come from almost all countries in the region: Czechia, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Serbia.
The topics span a comprehensive spectrum of topics, including: general quantitative and qualitative analyses of crime trends; general and specific problems of crime control, including specific forms of sanctions ranging from community-type sanctions to life imprisonment and the death penalty; specific types of crime, such as trafficking in human beings, violence against woman, and not paying maintenance for dependents; specific criminological perspectives, like research on criminal careers; and finally, the transformation of penitentiary systems.
Each paper brings a specific national background and perspective, while at the same time, all of them deal with the common experience of crime as a phenomenon that accompanies the process of transforming the fish soup of the authoritarian state and central planning back into the aquarium of liberal democracy, the rule of law, and freedomrs; and finally, the transformation of penitentiary systems.
Prof. Krzysztof Krajewski, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland
Prof. Miklós Lévay, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
Prof. Gorazd Meško, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Prof. Vesna Nikolić-Ristanović, University of Belgrade, Serbia