Sanctions for juveniles

Information on penalties and measures has been available since 1999.

The following sanctions can be imposed under juvenile law: Custodial sentence, personal performance (community service), fines or a caution. An exemption from punishment can also be pronounced. The following measures can be imposed: placement in a closed or open institution, outpatient treatment, individual care and supervision.

Main sanctions, measures and pre-trial detention, 2020

Total convictions with main sanction1

20 611

Custodial sentence

949

unsuspended

260

partially suspended

54

suspended

635

Personal performance

6 487

unsuspended

4 608

partially suspended

558

suspended

1 321

Fine only

5 692

unsuspended

5 148

partially suspended

180

suspended

364

Caution

6 898

Measures only

20

Exemption from punishment

565

Total verdicts with measures

428

inpatient measures

63

outpatient measures

365

¹ One main sanction is established per verdict and this is the only one shown in the table. For this reason sanctions are ranked according to their severity and only the most severe sanction is shown. A custodial sentence is considered to be the most severe sanction for minors, followed by personal performance, fines, cautions and lastly exemption from punishment. Source: Juvenile detention statistics on preventive measures and sentencing (JUSAS), state of the database: 14.06.2021

Further information

Tables

Tables on juvenile sanctions

Publications

Publication to be downloaded in german

Publication to be downloaded in french

Historical data

Statistical sources and concepts

Contact

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

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