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The Statistical Yearbok 2012 of Criminal Santions Agency

The aim of this statistical publication is to provide a wide range of information about the Criminal Sanctions Agency’s client and prisoner numbers, client structure and activities. Besides portraying the current situation of the criminal sanctions field, the publication also offers insight into the development of the field over the past decade. The issue of 2012 has been published. The theme for this current statistical publication is prisoners' use of time. Read more...

Quality Time in Prison? Research on the factors influencing the quality of prison life

Research examines the prisoners’ and the staff’s concepts of the quality of prison life based on an English research on prison environment. The quality was reviewed from the standpoint of order, administration, safety and physical prison conditions as well as well-being, participation, empathy, respect and fairness. The results of the research will be used in the development of a more permanent quality measurement practice covering all criminal sanctions. 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.


In Europe, there are about 1.7 million prisoners and the same amount of community sanction clients according to the Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics .

Published 21.10.2013