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The Criminal Sanctions Agency has released a whiteboard animation of its strategy in Finnish, Swedish, and English. The purpose of the whiteboard animation is to promote the strategy of the Criminal Sanctions Agency to its staff members and cooperation partners as well as the general public.


Director General of the Criminal Sanctions Agency of Finland Esa Vesterbacka was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Corrections and Prisons Association ICPA for 2018-2021 in the annual general meeting held in Montreal on 23 October 2018.


At present, approximately 18 per cent of all prisoners are foreigners. They represent 69 different nationalities. Therefore, we need to provide information about prison life in several languages. The Criminal Sanctions Agency has already published a glossary of the terms used in the field in ten different languages and three new languages are still coming. Now, we have also released a video in five languages for sentenced people arriving in prison.


A dance project involving female prisoners from Vanaja Prison was kicked off in March 2018. During the project, the participants created and rehearsed a dance piece, which was filmed in the surroundings of the women's unit of Vanaja Prison in June. The video was released on YouTube on 27 June.

Published 28.2.2018