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Sat, 23 Jul, 2016 12:01:46 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jul 23
 
District court in Helsinki. File Photo Lehtikuva.
The number of convicts sentenced for life term imprisonment has increased significantly in recent years.
 
According to the statistics of the Correctional Facility the number of life term convicts is six times higher compared to the number at the beginning of 1990s.
 
At the beginning of 1990s the number of life term convicts was 30, but the number reached to 202 at the beginning of this year, said the statistics.
 
The most likely explanation for the increase is that fewer criminals are being judged as abnormal during the crimes considering their state.
 
“Earlier, only one in four convicts in the murder cases were sentenced life term imprisonment but now almost all the convicts of murder cases are awarded life term imprisonment,” the head of the Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy, Tapio Lappi-Seppälä said.
 
Now only a small portion of convicts are considered abnormal, who get short term imprisonment instead of life term.
 
“For instance intoxicated people suffering from personal disorder could be found irresponsible in the past. Now this combination does not fulfill the definition,” said Markku Eronen, the leading doctor of Old Vaasa psychiatric hospital.
 
A research conducted in 2012 found that those judged irresponsible or abnormal in their mental state inspection has decreased since the beginning of the 1990s from roughly 60 per cent to near-ly as low as 10 per cent.
 
The increase of the number of life term sentenced prisoners has leveled from the start of 2015.
 
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