Golden Oldies

Finnish Penal Policy

Finnish Penal Policy – Event Details Tuesday 15 May at 18.00 at the Scottish Parliament – Committee Room 2.  Main speaker: Tapio Lappi-Seppälä, Director, National Research Institute of Legal Policy, Finland.  Hosted by Humza Yousaf MSP with Nordic Horizons sponsorship.   Finland had one of the highest prison populations in western Europe until the 1970s. Since then, the imprisonment rate has fallen to the low Nordic average but crime rates have stayed the same. Today, Finland has 59 prisoners per 100,000 of population; Scotland has 153. Finnish reform began when academics in the 60s argued criminal policy should be part of social policy, with employment and educational opportunities, and they also pointed out there was no evidence of a link between long prison sentences and les...Read More

Finnish Lessons

Finnish Lessons – Event Details Hosted by the Convenor of the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee, Stewart Maxwell MSP. Sponsored by the Finnish Embassy with Nordic Horizons Wednesday May 2, 6.30pm at the Scottish Parliament, Committee Room 1 “The story of Finland’s extraordinary educational reforms is one that should inform policymakers and educators around the world. This book is a must read.” Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University. Pasi Sahlberg’s book Finnish Lessons helps explains why Finland’s education system regularly tops world league tables for results, happiness of children, levels of literacy and esteem of teachers. The Finnish education system is so often cited as a blueprint one Scottish union leader said he was fed up hearing abo...Read More

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