NSfK Research seminar 2023

The future of punishment: Reducing recidivism and promoting societal integration?

8-10 May 2023
Venue: Scandic Aulanko, Hämeenlinna, Finland

The Nordic countries have a reputation of a humane and rehabilitative model of punishment. NSfK’s 61st research seminar explores the current state and development of punishment and rehabilitation in the Nordics. We wish to bring forth perspectives on how recidivism can be prevented and to discuss the form and function of rehabilitation in the Nordic criminal justice system today. What roles do the criminal justice system, the social and health services, and the NGOs respectively play in the Nordic model of punishment and rehabilitation?

We welcome theoretical, empirical, and methodological papers discussing punishment and rehabilitation in all its forms.

In addition to the general theme, presentations concerning other Nordic topics are also welcome, and both Nordic researchers and practitioners are encouraged to participate and present their research.

Key Note Speakers

  • Kaisa Tammi, Director of Hämeenlinna Prison and Probation Centre
  • Tove Pettersson, Professor, Stockholm University
  • Lars Højsgaard Andersen, Research Professor and Head of Research in marginalised groups, The Rockwool Foundation
  • Synøve Nygaard Andersen, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oslo
  • Thomas Ugelvik, Professor, University of Oslo

Program (PDF)

Abstracts (PDF)

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The key note speaker Kaisa Tammi from Finland started the research seminar by talking about the care of female prisoners in Finnish prisons.
Anders Lachenmeier and Sofie Amalie Poulsen from Denmark talked about access and barriers to education in Danish prisons and jails.
Helgi Gunnlaugsson from Iceland talked about prison alternatives in Iceland.
Rose Boyle and Peter Scharff Smith from Norway talked about the Nordic penal model in the digital age: smart prisons, video visitation and surveillance in the 21st century.
Tobias Kammersgaard from Denmark talked about punishment as help and the role of punishment in contemporary drug policy making.
The 2022 annual report can be found outside room 31-32. Take a copy or read the report on our website.
The key note speaker Synøve Nygaard Andersen from Norway talked about the promise and pitfalls of recidivism research.

Thomas Ugelvik won the best article 2022 in Nordic Journal of Criminology. Congratulations!

Emeli Lönnqvist from Sweden talked about remand imprisonment in the Nordic penal context.
Ilona Nissinen from Finland talked about children experiencing parental incarceration in Finland.
The key note speaker Lars Højsgaard Andersen from Denmark talked about lessons learned from 30 years of “smart” sentencing reforms in Denmark.
Visit to the prison museum.
The key note speaker Thomas Ugelvik talked about the role of interpersonal trust in desistance processes.
The key note speaker Tove Petterson talked about young offenders in youth custody.
The Chair of NSfK Heidi Mork Lomell thanks the Finnish organizers for their good work!


Please note that after the seminar, participants are requested to share their research and papers in form of a report. Deadline: June 15, 2023.

The options for the reporting are:

The submitted articles will be handled according to the journals´ ordinary review and publication processes. Those who choose this option must inform the Secretariat about the chosen journal, title and an abstract within the deadline.

Tervetuloa Suomeen! Welcome to Finland!

Photo: Scenery of Aulanko. Visit Finland/Teemu Tretjakov.