Press releases and news 2015


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.


Espoo and Vantaa Branch Offices of the Uusimaa Community Sanctions Office are united and the new facilities are located at the current Vantaa Branch Office. The move takes place on 16-17 December 2015.


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.


In Christmas time, season’s greetings are also received in and sent to prisons.


"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 .


The new security policies of the Criminal Sanctions Agency emphasise the significance of interaction between people, professionalism, and a client-oriented approach, as well as a cross-sectoral cooperation in all activities of the Agency. The policies consider the importance of security from the viewpoint of society, the staff, and the criminal sanction clients.


Master of Arts Pilvi Isotalus has been appointed as the Head of Communication of the Criminal Sanctions Agency starting from 20 July 2015.


Owing to inquiries, Director General Esa Vesterbacka announces that the Criminal Sanctions Agency will request leave to appeal the decision of releasing a life sentence prisoner made by Helsinki Court of Appeal on 24 April 2015 from the Supreme Court within the set time limit.


Prison sentences pile up on the same people and ending up in a prison cycle is not as common as often believed. For example, about half of the released first-time prisoners do not end up in a prison cycle and nearly half of them never return to prison.


The amount of crime, criminal sanction clients and post-sentence recidivism had decreased according to the recently published annual report of the Criminal Sanctions Agency for 2014.


The Head of Communication of the Criminal Sanctions Agency Usko Määttä first goes on an annual holiday and retires at the beginning of July. Meanwhile, the acting Head of Communication is Editor Ulla Vesander starting from 20 March 2015.


A project called Vapauden kauhu (Terror of Freedom) launched by the Touring Stage of the Finnish National Theatre and the Kiasma Theatre in the autumn explores why the longing for freedom changes into a terror of freedom. The outcome of the project is a documentary theatre performance premiering at the Kiasma Theatre in the autumn 2015.

Published 5.8.2016