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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

Vaasa Community Sanctions Office and its Seinäjoki Branch Office will celebrate their joint 60th anniversary in Cultural Centre Vanha Paukku in Seinäjoki starting at 12 o’clock on Wednesday 1 October 2014. The main speakers of the event will be Tapio Lappi-Seppälä , Director-General of the National Research Institute of Legal Policy, and Tuula Asikainen , Chief Director of the Criminal Sanctions Agency.


Today, it is one hundred years since Sukeva Prison was established in the municipality of Sonkajärvi. A history written by Jari Aro , BSocSc, in honour of the 75th anniversary of the prison was published 25 years ago. Now, it is complemented by a new history written by Jaakko Kangas , MA, MSocSc, which is published in the 100th anniversary celebration on 23 September 2014.


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.

Published 21.10.2013