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...


Espoo and Vantaa Branch Offices of the Uusimaa Community Sanctions Office are united and the new facilities are located at the current Vantaa Branch Office. The move takes place on 16-17 December 2015.

In Christmas time, season’s greetings are also received in and sent to prisons.

Seitsemän broidia Sipoosta eli Kiven (sisältä) Seitsemän veljestä (Seven Brothers from Sipoo, aka Seven Brothers (from inside) by Kivi)

Press releases

Starting from 1 January 2016, the Health Care Unit of the Criminal Sanctions Agency is transferred to operate under the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and its' name is changed into Prisoners' Health Care Unit (VTH).


Prisoners in closed prisons can now receive email. Previously, it was possible to contact prisoners only by letter or phone or by visiting them.


The quality of imprisonment and community sanctions is at least satisfactory according to the prisoners, community sanction clients, and the staff of the Criminal Sanctions Agency. The quality, however, differs between imprisonment and community sanctions in many areas. That is revealed in the research called Unified organisation - unified quality? published by the Criminal Sanctions Agency.