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The Criminal Sanctions Agency has published the 2019 Statistical Yearbook providing an up-to-date snapshot of the numbers of clients and prisoners under the jurisdiction of the Criminal Sanctions Agency and the agency’s activities. The number of prisoners sentenced for violent offences decreased in 2019 while the average prisoner population and number of community sanction clients increased. Over a longer period of review, recidivism has declined.


As of 1 July 2020, prisons return to the normal practice of granting different types of visits, such as unsupervised visits, as well as prison leaves.


The Criminal Sanctions Agency submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Justice for a new organisational structure of the Criminal Sanctions Agency. The aim is to harmonise the operations nationwide and to improve the achievement of the strategic objectives. The final report of the Rise 2.0 project forms the basis for the statute drafting project, which the Ministry of Justice will start in the autumn.


The Criminal Sanctions Agency of Finland lifts the restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the enforcement of conversion sentences for unpaid fines and unconditional prison sentences will begin again as the use of the Emergency Powers Act was lifted in Finland on 16 June 2020.

Published 13.2.2020