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Drink-drivers often avoid jail time

Approximately half of the drink-drivers convicted to imprisonment in Finland are allowed to serve their sentence by performing community service, indicate data published by Statistics Finland. A citizens' initiative demanding stiffer punishments and improved access to treatment for drink-drivers will be presented to the Parliament for consideration today. The sponsors of the initiative also propose that repeat drink-drivers be automatically sentenced to imprisonment – a demand that would not preclude the conversion of their sentences into community service.

6.6.2014 8:32

Experts are lukewarm about the demands.

“Many think about stiffer punishments specifically from the viewpoint of justice, whereas experts place more emphasis on how to reduce repeat offences,” says Hannu Niemi, a senior planning officer at the National Research Institute of Legal Policy.

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