Finnish Criminal Policy

Finland is #1 Nation in Criminal Justice (Rule of Law index 2016, World Economic Forum)

In Finland, criminal records have been stored since the 19th century. This criminal data has been an essential tool to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of Finnish criminal institutions. It has helped Finnish scholars to improve cohesion and re-evaluate effective measures in criminal policy. This research has also been a pivotal tool for the Finnish law-makers to better assess which legislative tools work and which does not. Our criminal policy has been formed based on this data, as well as significant research and knowledge sharing between different authorities.

However, while sentencing has been softened during the past decades, Finnish day-fines for crimes such as excessive speeding could result in fines of several thousands of euros. Find out the reasons behind this peculiarity of our criminal policy and by visiting a Finnish prison, discover the journey of a criminal from a police investigation to prison and back into society. You can book a classroom presentation or visit a Finnish prison located outside of Helsinki (will require one working day).

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