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Default prisoner

A default prisoner is a person serving a conversion sentence in lieu of an unpaid fine. A conversion sentence is passed for a person sentenced to a fine if efforts to collect the fine have been unsuccessful (Penal Code, Chapter 2 a, Section 4). The main rule is that three unpaid day fines correspond to imprisonment for one day. When passing a conversion sentence for a penalty payment, imposed as a lump sum, every EUR 30 corresponds to imprisonment for one day. A conversion sentence shall be passed for at least four days and at most 60 days. A summary penal fee or a fine passed for a breach of the peace may not be converted to imprisonment.

Pecuniary penalties given in summary penal proceedings are not converted to imprisonment ( 29 Aug. 2008/578).



Statistics using the definition

Validity of the definition

  • Valid until (31 December 2078)

A default prisoner is a person serving a conversion sentence in lieu of an unpaid fine. A conversion sentence is passed for a person sentenced to a fine if efforts to collect the fine have been unsuccessful. The main rule is that three unpaid day fines correspond to imprisonment for one day. When passing a conversion sentence for a penalty payment, imposed as a lump sum, every EUR 30 corresponds to imprisonment for one day. A conversion sentence shall be passed for at least four days and at most 60 days. A summary penal fee or a fine passed for a breach of the peace may not be converted to imprisonment.



Statistics using the definition

Validity of the definition

  • 1 January 2006 - 28 August 2008

Source organisation

  • Tilastokeskus

Related concepts

A default prisoner is a person serving a conversion sentence in lieu of an unpaid fine. A conversion sentence is passed for a person sentenced to a fine if efforts to collect the fine have been unsuccessful. The main rule is that two unpaid day fines correspond to imprisonment for one day. When passing a conversion sentence for a penalty payment, imposed as a lump sum, every EUR 20 corresponds to imprisonment for one day. A conversion sentence shall be passed for at least four days and at most 90 days. A summary penal fee or a fine passed for a breach of the peace may not be converted to imprisonment.



Statistics using the definition

Validity of the definition

  • 1 January 1900 - 31 December 2005

Source organisation

  • Tilastokeskus

Related concepts

Source organisation

  • Tilastokeskus

Related concepts


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