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Communication Services of the Criminal Sanctions Agency

Head of Communications Pilvi Isotalus
tel. +358 29 56 88570, +358 50 331 0067

Communications Specialist Anna Kotaviita
tel. +358 29 56 88407

Communications Specialist Marianna Laitinen
tel. +358 29 56 88431

Communications Coordinator Sonja Kuusela
tel. +358 29 56 88516

The email addresses are in the form

The Communications Services of the Criminal Sanctions Agency replies to the requests for material, brochures, publications and information concerning the field.

Interviewing the experts

Please contact directly the chief / manager of the proper unit, or Head of Communications Pilvi Isotalus, tel. +358 29 56 88570.

Interview permits and photographing and filming permits in prison

Interviews always require both a written consent of the prisoner and a recommendation from the prison director. A written agreement ensures that the legal protection of the interviewee and his or her acquaintances is realised as well as possible during and after the interview. The consent of the prisoner is acquired by the prison.

A written photographing and filming permit is granted by the prison director. The permit includes the purpose and time of the photographing or filming as well as the conditions set by the prison with regard to the photographing and filming situation.

In the photographing and filming situation, it has to be made sure that a person, who possibly appears in the images but is not involved in the photographing or filming process, cannot be recognised. This applies to both the prisoners and the personnel.

The security technology or other structural details of the prison cannot be photographed or filmed.

Arrival in prison

The prison has to be notified of the arrival in prison well in advance. Visitor details, i.e. the name and the date of birth, are sent to the prison director. The identity of the visitors is checked against a photo identification document on arrival.
The visitors should reserve time for the entry into prison because the security check might take a while depending on the amount of equipment the visitors have.

Especially when visiting a closed prison, the visitors have to take into account that mobile phones and other means of communication have to be left in custody for the duration of the visit for security reasons.

If the visit requires unusual equipment or it takes place outside the regular visiting hours, the possible special permits and arrangements have to be negotiated with the prison director beforehand.

Published 9.4.2019