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National Research Institute of Legal Policy: Research Report Summaries 2013

NCJ Number
Eira Mykkanen
Date Published
37 pages
This report of Finland's National Research Institute of Legal Policy (NRILP) presents summaries of two reports on completed research, three communications on research in progress, and information on a database resource for research on international homicide trends.
A research report summary on "Socioeconomic Differences in Crime and Victimization: a Register-based Study" reports on a study of socioeconomic differences in crime and violent victimization among Finnish young adults, ages 19-30, using a register-based sample of the general population. Four sub-studies show that crime committed by young adults in Finland is heavily concentrated in the lower social strata, with victims of serious violence also being of lower social strata. A second research summary, "Crime Trends in Finland and the System of Criminal Justice 2012," reports that in general, recorded crime increased in Finland from the mid-1960s to the beginning of the 1990s. Factors that contributed to this development were the rapid urbanization of the country, economic development, and the fact that large post-war age cohorts reached a crime-intensive age in the 1960s and 1970s. The three "research communications" pertained to a study on clientele and cases that received legal aid; issues related to legal expenses, insurance, and public legal aid; and the regulatory impact assessment and other characteristics of the legislative proposals of 2012. Regarding the latter topic, the legislative impact categories assessed in 2012 were concerned with public finances, public administration, business, and the status of citizens and the functioning of democratic society. Regarding the "Research Brief" the NRILP announces that it has compiled a longitudinal international homicide dataset from publicly available sources, and this dataset is freely available for research upon request.