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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

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