Stalls of the different departments of the Agency were full of brochures presenting prevention programs, educational facilities in prisons, support available for the families of imprisoned men and women. There were prison guards there, standing next to a sign “ask us anything you ever wanted to know about our work”. A black K9 labrador patiently let school kids pat his head, men looked at various tracking devises, young kids drew in the art corner.
Down the corridor was a large sale of prison produce. Goods ranged from metal smoke pots for fish, knitted mittens and textiles, chopping boards and other household accessories, as well as fresh cucumbers and courgettes grown in the prison garden, for the price of four for a euro. We purchased a wooden SISU toy truck, loaded with logs.
A visual exhibition presented the history of prison in Finland. Photographs dating form the time of the Civil war showed the Reds being hoarded off, mannequins were dressed in prison robes, and a display of handcuffs and lock picks, as well as a collection of coins used for payment of wages showed different aspects of everyday life in prison.
Criminology library is located in the Training Institute and is open to the public. Books and publications published by the Institute are available for sale. I was very surprised to find a Dictionary of Finnish-Russian and Russian-Finnish dictionary of prison and criminological terms”, edited by Vera Suomalainen, Harri Lampinen, Tuomo Pöyhönen. It is a part of a series, published to help Finnish prison staff to communicate with foreign inmates.