The Institute of Criminology and Social Prevention - About us

Institute of Criminology and Social Prevention


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About us

The Institute of Criminology and Social Prevention (IKSP) is a research organisation within the justice department. Its subject of activity is criminological research based on an interdisciplinary approach, specifically research, study and analytic activities in the field of criminal and security policy, efficacy of penal legislation, victimology and penology, control of crime through repression and prevention, manifestations and causes of crime and pre-crime and related socio-pathological phenomena.

The Institute's main objective is to contribute to formulating criminal and sanction policies, the functioning of the criminal justice system and creation of quality legislation, focused on the more effective control of crime. The specific position of the IKSP is given by the fact that the Institute is the only specialised workplace in the Czech Republic that consistently conducts criminological research.

The founder of the Institute is the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic, which approves the Institute's plan of research tasks. The Institute is a separate organisation unit of the government. It is financed primarily from the government budget through the budget chapter of the Czech Ministry of Justice with supplements from other sources designated for financing of research and development of research organisations. The Institute's tasks are assigned by the Minister of Justice through the Deputy Minister, or by the Czech government.

The Institute of Criminology and Social Prevention is the second oldest criminological institute in Europe. It was founded in 1960 as an expert workplace for the former prosecution department as well as the justice and interior departments; shortly after its foundation it adopted the name Criminological Research Institute. The present name, accepted in 1990, accentuates prevention as an effective means of controlling crime and the links between criminological research and the application of its results in prevention and criminal policy. The Institute has shifted under the competence of the Czech Ministry of Justice since 1994.


Users

The Institute provides its findings particularly in the area of criminology and penal policy to the relevant state institutions and other users and recommends conceptual, legislative, organisational and other adequate measures for these and related areas.

The factual and theoretical database created by the IKSP is provided both to the state bodies and institutions and to the academic community for teaching of criminology at universities, for education in social care and other related fields at universities and specialised secondary schools. The users of IKSP research include mainly organisations and institutions of the justice department (Czech Ministry of Justice, judicial bodies, Prison Service, Probation and Mediation Service, Justice Academy and others), followed by the interior department, in particular the bodies of the Czech Police and Police Academy of the Czech Republic, inter-departmental bodies such as the Republic Committee for Crime Prevention and through it state administrative authorities and local government bodies on a regional and municipal level that participate in implementing the Crime Prevention Strategy, other government advisory bodies and also departments of education, youth and sports and labour and social affairs. The research results are available to the Czech Parliament and Czech Government Office. Additionally, the results of IKSP's research activity are published on the IKSP website and are freely accessible to the general public.

For foreign research sites and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, IKSP is the usual partner for acquiring relevant research findings on the state and development of crime and related phenomena in the Czech Republic.

IKSP contributes to educating the employees of judicial bodies in cooperation with the Judicial Academy, and also cooperates with Czech law faculties, the Police Academy of the Czech Republic, the Philosophical Faculty and Faculty of Social Studies of Charles University in Prague, other universities, higher specialised school, etc. in preparing future lawyers, employees of law enforcement agencies and specialised social workers.

IKSP is a member of international scientific or expert organisations (International Society for Criminology, International Association of Penal Law, World Society of Victimology, ISPAC, European Crime Prevention Network). It cooperates with other international and domestic scientific or expert organisations (European Society of Criminology, CEP, PRI, Czech Sociological Society, Czech National Group of the International Association of Penal Law, etc.). IKSP is among the initiators for the foundation of the Czech Society of Criminology.


Research activities

The Institute conducts research based on middle-term plans which issue primarily from department or interdepartmental conceptual documents concerning the Institute's subject of activity and from suggestions from the main users of its research findings.

The main research tasks for the current period were stipulated for IKSP by the Ministry of Justice in the Middle-Term Plan of Research Activities for 2016-2019. This plan respects the basic priorities of the justice department concerning criminal policy and the operations of departmental organisations. The plan takes into account the government's conceptual documents, such as the Prison Conception until 2025, The Crime Prevention Strategy in the Czech Republic for 2016 to 2020, the National Drug Policy Strategy for the period 2010-2018, the Strategy for Fighting Social Exclusion for the period of 2016-2019, the Czech Security Research Program and others.


Basic thematic strands of research in 2016-2019:

A

Systematic acquisition and creation of findings needed to meet the middle-term goals of criminal policy in the Czech Republic, particularly as concerns the reduction of recidivism among convicts and the stabilisation of penal legislation. Research in this field focuses primarily on the application and efficacy of selected substantial and procedural criminal law institutes, resocialisation and prevention procedures and measures.

This strand of research will be filled with the following tasks:

  1. Efficacy of probation on reducing the level of recidivism among criminal offenders
  2. Causes and conditions of primary criminal recidivism among youths
  3. Reports from probation officers as a reference for effective imposition of community sanctions
  4. Employment as a factor of desistance
  5. Family group conferences
  6. Evaluation of the process of launching the electronic monitoring system (EMS) in the Czech Republic
  7. Assessment of the efficacy of criminal policy in relation to trends in the development, number and structure of the prison population

B

Monitoring and analysis of development trends in criminality, related socio-pathological phenomena and criminogenic factors which criminal policy must react to.

This strand of research will be filled with the following tasks:

  1. Annual analytic overview of the development of registered criminality
  2. Preparation and processing data for the European Sourcebook of Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics
  3. Presentation of criminality and its punishment in the media

C

Research on selected forms of criminal activity that pose a major social burden on society in terms of severity (harm to society) or frequent occurrence, including new or growing forms of crime.

This strand of research will be filled with the following tasks:

  1. Criminological analysis of hate crime
  2. Identification and assessment of types of and trends in crime committed via the internet (cybercrime) and social networks
  3. Possibilities of measuring secondary drug-related crime
  4. Organised crime in the Czech Republic

D

Research on characteristics of selected groups of criminal offenders and research on crime victims with a focus on protecting society and individuals, dealing with selected groups of offenders, identifying latency and helping victims.

This strand of research will be filled with the following tasks:

  1. Research on crime victims focused on the experience of inhabitants of the Czech Republic with selected types of offences in the reviewed period
  2. Treatment of drug users in prison
  3. Criminal history and recidivism among perpetrators of serious crimes – recidivism among dangerous offenders
  4. Protective treatment and security detention as a means of protecting society against dangerous offenders
  5. Seniors – victims and perpetrators of crime


Publication activity

IKSP publishes an internal series of ca. 200 copies of the individual titles. The publications are provided to the users of IKSP research results, in particular state institutions, specialised libraries and libraries at selected universities and scientific institutions. The results of IKSP research are published in the "STUDIES" series. The "SOURCES" series includes primarily the translations of foreign legal regulations, international documents, foreign scientific studies and other important legal and criminological materials.

The IKSP series is available in full-text format on this website (in Czech language; for English summaries see Publications. Research findings are also published in specialised periodicals (Česká kriminologie, Trestněprávní revue, Kriminalistika, Trestní právo, Státní zastupitelství, Bezpečnostní teorie a praxe etc.) and other specialised publications.


Organisation structure

The number of IKSP employees is stipulated at 24 people. IKSP is divided into the research section, economic division and secretariat. Research projects are solved within research teams under the leadership of responsible researchers.


IKSP management:

Director: PhDr. Miroslav Scheinost

Secretary: Mgr. Jan Rozum

Head of the Research Section: JUDr. Petr Zeman, Ph.D.

Head of the Economic Division: Marie Kadlečková