"Criminologist are of no use if all they do is sit in their chambers thinking wise thoughts" – Professor Inkeri Anttila, founder of HEUNI.

HEUNI is the European regional institute in the United Nations Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention programme network. HEUNI functions under the auspices of the Finnish Ministry of Justice as an independent research and policy-making institute.

Our vision is to identify evidence-based criminal justice and crime prevention practices in Europe, and share these within Europe and beyond, in order to advance more effective, rational and humane criminal justice systems.

Our greatest strength is our capacity to develop multidisciplinary research methodologies and utilize them in order to explore new criminological phenomena.

HEUNI’s expertise also encompasses the collection and analysis of data on criminal justice systems, and the development and piloting of victimization surveys and indicators. HEUNI has extensive experience in the development of guidelines and training modules for policy makers and criminal justice practitioners.


New publications

Anni Lietonen ja Natalia Ollus. Helsinki 2018. ISBN 978-952-7249-02-4, ISSN 1799-5590, ISSN-L 1237-4741. (26 pages).

Anni Lietonen and Natalia Ollus. Helsinki 2017. ISBN 978-952-7249-01-7, ISSN 1799-5590, ISSN-L 1237-4741. (51 pages). Web-publication only.

Michael Jandl. Helsinki 2017. ISBN 978-952-7249-00-0, ISSN 1799-5590, ISSN-L 1237-4741. (130 pages).

Markku Heiskanen and Anni Lietonen. Helsinki 2016. ISBN 978-952-5333-99-2, ISSN 1799-5590, ISSN-L 1237-4741. (88 pages). Web-publication only.