Sanctions for juveniles

Information on penalties and measures has been available from 1999 to 2019 using the data of JUSUS and from 2020 using the data of JUSAS.

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, 2021

Total convictions with main sanction1

20 902

Custodial sentence

923

unsuspended

248

partially suspended

48

suspended

627

Personal performance

6 429

unsuspended

4 191

partially suspended

695

suspended

1 543

Fine only

5 746

unsuspended

5 134

partially suspended

169

suspended

442

Caution

7 332

Measures only

23

Exemption from punishment

449

Total verdicts with measures

414

inpatient measures

68

outpatient measures

408

Source: Statistics on criminal convictions and enforcement of juvenile sanctions (JUSAS), state of the database: 31.05.2022

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.

Further information

Tables

Tables on juvenile sanctions

Publications

Publication to be downloaded in German

Publication to be downloaded in French

Press Releases

Historical data

Statistical sources and concepts

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CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

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