Polish Criminals in British Jails

Luxury Compared to Poland

Luxury Compared to Poland

The British Ministry of Justice has encountered difficulties with the extradition of Polish prisoners who have run away from Poland in order to avoid criminal prosecution or a custodial sentence. A British judge informed the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords that even though Poland has issued European Arrest Warrants for criminals, Poland has delayed many transfers of criminal suspects as every day spent in British custody counts as a part of the criminal’s sentence. What is more, Polish prisoners submit applications and revocations to elude extradition, as they prefer to serve a sentence in British prisons. About one third of more than 2,000 European Arrest Warrants executed in Great Britain pertain to Polish immigrants. Polish criminals are the most numerous group of immigrants in British prisons, and the British government spends £36 million on them annually.

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