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Sat, 10 Sep, 2016 12:07:50 AM
FTimes - STT Report, Sep 10
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Deaths in police custody have reduced, according to Finnish language newspapers Ilkka and Pohjalainen.
 
There were eight deaths in police custody last year.
 
Still in the 1990s, there was on average 20 deaths in police custody in a year. The number has halved in the recent years
 
The reduction in the number of deaths has been affected by the reduction of the number of detentions.
 
An entry examination is always conducted before one is held an inmate. The health status of the person is verified before the entry examination.
 
The reasons for death in jails vary. The background behind such deaths are often multiple and cases of illness.
 
A case of death in police custody is not investigated by the police department which is responsible for the jail which the detainee was held, rather the investigation is conducted by another police department.
 
Last week a young man, native of Vaasa, died in police custody in Seinäjoki.
 
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