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.
"The Criminal Sanctions Agency thinks that the Ministry of Justice made a good decision. It establishes the conditions for maintaining and developing our operations. It is also important for the staff that a long period of uncertainty ends now," says Director General of the Criminal Sanctions Agency Esa Vesterbacka .