Prof. A. Rzepliński since the beginning of his scientific career conducted the research of homicide offenders facing the death penalty and life imprisonment. He is one of the initiators of the project. It is a professor, he teaches and conducts research, is the head of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Policy – his tasks arising out of employment at the UW while also at the Constitutional Court complement its participation and role in the project.




PhD Maria Niełaczna is a Research Fellow and conducts the Research at University, she is the Doctor of Law. She wrote her PhD thesis on the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, with particular emphasis on the prisons. Since 2007, she monitors Polish prisons and examines the treatment of prisoners. At the University she runs the prison clinic which launched the pioneering project long-term custody of prisoners, including life sentenced prisoners.




Joanna Klimczak – PhD student at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences of the University of Warsaw. In the years 2014 – 2017 she conducted cyclical workshops for extremely long-term prisoners entitled “Life imprisonment – the right to a second chance”. Author of several articles mainly on life imprisonment. From 2018 she is a member of the European Society of Criminology and the Polish Society of Criminology.




Aleksandra Osińska – Psychologist and a third-year criminology student at the University of Warsaw Institute for Social Prevention and Resocialisation. From 2015 to 2017 a member of the Criminological Student Research Group. In the past cooperated with the University Legal Clinic providing long-term prisoners with pro bono legal advice. Nowadays holds workshops “Covering a long distance. Programme for the far long-term prisoners”. Since March 2018 has served as the National Preventive Mechanism Officer in the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of Poland.

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