This is the first in a series of interviews on the criminal justice system in Scotland.
Dr Tapio Lappi-Seppälä, Director of the National research Institute of Legal Policy, Finland, came to Scotland at the invitation of the Scottish Government to speak on how Finland had set about reducing its prison population. Here in Scotland it would be beneficial to learn from the experience of others if we are to successfully attempt to reduce our prison population. Our rate of imprisonment is now the highest in western Europe.
Alec Spencer, Convener of SCCCJ speaks to Tapio after a workshop held on 16 May 2012.
Listen to the interview: Alec Spencer interviews Tapio Lappi-Seppälä in Edinburgh 16.5.2012