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NCJ Number: 149483 Find in a Library
Title: Finnish Prisons: Control and Humanity, Part II
Journal: American Jails  Volume:7  Issue:4  Dated:(September-October 1993)  Pages:67- 73
Author(s): D K Das
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes several Finnish prisons, based on direct observations made by the author.
Abstract: The Kunnunsuo Central Prison houses 180 inmates and is staffed by 100 officers, 20 work managers, two social workers, and a psychologist. There are 20 inmates studying either at the junior or senior high school level. While inmates are allowed personal coffeepots and TVs, there is also an isolation unit used for punishment. The Oulu Provincial Prison is a regional prison administered by the Ministry of Justice. It houses pretrial prisoners, convicts, and several transfer prisoners. At least 12 of the inmates were serving sentences for murder and sexual assault. Discipline seemed to be tightly maintained at this prison. This article describes conversations between the author and inmates at four other provincial prisons, in Mikkeli Province, Kuopio Province, Hameenlinna Province, and Turka Province. The least restrictive type of prison in Finland is the open prison, where the emphasis is on a relaxed, experimental approach toward inmates.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Finland; Foreign correctional facilities
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