Crime and criminal justice

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In 2017, the number of offences known to and recorded by the police decreased in most areas of PCS. Overall, the number of offences has continuously declined since 2012.

Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice

In 2017, 11'699 sentences and measures have been implemented. 69% of persons have been incarcerated, 29% provided a community service and 2% have served their sentence under electronic surveillance.

Criminal justice

In 2016 the number of juvenile convictions remained stable overall with 12,090 cases according to the juvenile conviction statistics. For adult convictions, numbers stagnated with just under 110,000 convictions.

Assistance to victims

In 2017, CHF 5.3 million was paid out to crime victims by the compensation authorities and the victim consultation centres provided consultations in 38,794 cases.

The main figures

Persons suspected and convicted according to Penal Code
  Male Female
Suspected persons according to Penal code in 2017
59 746 18 430
Convicted persons according to Penal code  in 2015
30 872 7 306
Sources: FSO - Police crime statistics PCS - Criminal Convictions statistic SUS - Juvenile convictions statistics JUSUS
Juveniles in secured accommodation on reference day 2016
  Male Female
Juveniles in secured accommodation 415 62
Source: FSO - Reference day survey of juvenile detention SJS
Adult inmates on the reference day 2016
  Male Female
Population of penal institutions 6 863
Source: FSO - Statistics on convictions and persons serving prison sentences FHE

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Statistical sources and concepts


Federal Statistical Office Section Crime and Criminal Justice
Espace de l'Europe 10
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