Organisational reform will ensure a more uniform Criminal Sanctions Agency nationwide

Published 30.6.2020  Updated 1.7.2020

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 need to develop the organisational structure was reviewed in the Rise 2.0 project in the spring 2020. Four working groups and a steering group defined the measures to be taken in 2022-2028 and the changes in the practices of the Criminal Sanctions Agency that the implementation of the strategy of the Criminal Sanctions Agency requires. Based on the review, the Criminal Sanctions Agency proposed a new uniform organisational model that would consists of four nationwide areas of responsibility. The areas of responsibility would be development and guidance, client processes, administrative and support services, and core operations. The areas of responsibility would not be placed in one single location.

According to the proposal, 11 prison and probation centres would be established under the core operations. The centres would be formed based on the division of the social welfare and health care service areas and the regional governments and they would consist of prisons and community sanctions offices. The prison and probation centres would have the same tasks as the prisons and community sanction offices now have.

The areas of responsibility would carry out the tasks of the current Central Administration, region centres, assessment centres, Enforcement Unit, and Training Institute for Prison and Probation Services. The new organisation of the Criminal Sanctions Agency would have two levels, i.e., the level covering the whole nation and the level of the prison and probation centres.

- A new organisational structure and management and steering system of the Criminal Sanctions Agency would better support the arrangement of the core operations, the achievement of the strategic objectives, and the development of the operations. Developing a uniform set of values and operating culture for the different staff groups would promote the enforcement capacity and the achievement of our goals, says Arto Kujala, Director General of Criminal Sanctions Agency.

The reform of the organisation would advance the introduction of uniform practices and client processes in all units nationwide, which would improve the legal protection and equal treatment of those serving a sentence.

The division of units and tasks within the areas of responsibility will be specified as the project continues in the autumn. The aim is not to reduce the number of staff.

Rise 2.0 originates from a performance target that the Criminal Sanctions Agency received from the Ministry of Justice. According to the target, the Criminal Sanctions Agency had to draw up a proposal for the development of its organisational structure by the end of June 2020. According to evaluations carried out by external experts, the current organisational structure and management and steering system of the Criminal Sanctions Agency do not support the arrangement of the core operations, the implementation of the strategic objectives, and the development of the operations in the best possible way.

Rise 2.0 Proposal for the new organisational structure of the Criminal Sanctions Agency

Further information:

Criminal Sanctions Agency
Director General Arto Kujala
Tel. +358 29 56 88500