Crime and criminal justice

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In 2020, the police registered almost 24 400 offences with a “digital” component. An additional analysis (in French) on the number of offences recorded by the police throughout the COVID-19 pandemic from January to July 2020 as well as an infographic (in French) have been published too.

Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice

In 2020, 10 945 sentences and measures have been implemented. 67% of persons have been incarcerated, 30% provided a community service and 3% have served their sentence under electronic surveillance.

Criminal justice

In 2020 the number of juvenile convictions amounts to 20'611 cases according to the statistics on criminal convictions and enforcement of juvenile sanctions. Adult convictions fell by 11% to reach just over 95’000 convictions in 2020.

Assistance to victims

In 2020, CHF 5.3 million was paid out to crime victims by the compensation authorities and the victim consultation centres provided consultations in 43 263 cases.

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Press releases

Statistical sources and concepts

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Offences of the Criminal Code, the Narcotics Act and the Foreign Nationals and Integration Act, accused persons and victims

Criminal justice

Convictions of minors and adults, convicted persons, sanctions and pre-trial detention

Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice

Juveniles placed, detained adults, community service, electronic monitoring and probation assistance

Assistance to victims

Victims of crime who contact support services for help or receive compensation from cantonal damages and compensation authorities


Figures on relapse as re-condemn after conviction or dismissal from the execution of a sentence


Federal Statistical Office Section Crime and Criminal Justice
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel



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