Criminal Sanctions Agency

The Criminal Sanctions Agency is a government authority, which enforces prison sentences and community sanctions under the direction of the Ministry of Justice.

The goal of the Criminal Sanctions Agency is to contribute to the prevention of recidivism and the safety of society. Read more...

Press releases

Director General Esa Vesterbacka wants to correct the views presented in public on the release of prisoners for the sake of savings and on the use of public humiliation as a punishment in Finland.


Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson awarded on 9 July 2014 the Cross of Merit of Prison Service to three recipients for their contributions to the prison service.


A history of Vaasa Prison published

The importance of puukkojunkkarit and other famous knife-fighters, stirring up trouble in the 19th-century South Ostrobothnia, has been exaggerated in literature and historical re-search alike. The troublemakers were largely common criminals, who were most likely to act when drunk or angered, rather than in defence of any wider social agenda. Just as to-day, loss of life often resulted from a minor drunken brawl among groups of men.