Crime and criminal justice

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In 2021, the police registered 30 351 offences having a digital component. An increase of more than 24% compared to the previous year. In the same year, 15 women were killed by their current or former partner.

Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice

In 2021, 11 315 sentences and measures have been implemented. 66% of persons have been incarcerated, 30% provided a community service and 4% have served their sentence under electronic surveillance.

Criminal justice

In 2021 the number of juvenile convictions amounts to 20'902 cases. With 97'386 entries in the criminal register in 2021, the number of convictions fell slightly compared with the previous year (-1%).

Assistance to victims

In 2021, CHF 4.8 million was paid out to crime victims by the compensation authorities and the victim consultation centres provided consultations in 44 633 cases.

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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 Neuch√Ętel



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