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Enforcement and Applicability of Supervised Probationary Freedom in Finland

NCJ Number
Leena Makipaa
Date Published
272 pages
This study examined supervised probationary freedom in Finland.
This study examined the enforcement of supervised probationary freedom in Finland and found that preparing offenders for probationary freedom is often a lengthy process that involves many individuals and is often not straightforward. The process of probationary freedom requires the cooperation of offenders, law enforcement officials, prison officials, court officials, and representatives from community and service organizations who must all work together to ensure success of the program. In addition, the study found that the flexibility in the program allowed for various methods of implementation to suit the needs of the offenders. Other findings from the study include the overrepresentation of women in the probationary freedom program; the overrepresentation of those convicted of homicide, narcotics offenses, or white-collar crimes; and the overrepresentation of first-offenders. Data for this study were obtained from interviews with individuals involved with probationary freedom, as well as examination of the demographic data of all offenders whose probationary freedom ended prior to December 2008. The findings reveal that supervised probationary freedom is an important and positive part of the Finnish penal system and that its controlled framework offers individuals a better chance at successful reentry into the community. Tables, figures, and references