Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice

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Persons in placement and detainee

On 2017, across Switzerland 477 juveniles were placed outside of their families after having committed an offence. On the same day, 6912 adults were detained in detention centres in Switzerland.

Penal institutions

The catalogue and map of penal institutions contains information on addresses, history, functions, capacity and personnel resources.

At a glance

Imprisonment on reference day
  2016 2017
Juveniles
Juveniles in secured accommodation  455r  477
Adults
Total prison population 6 912 6 863
Prisons (in operation)  114  106
Number of detention places 7 502 7 468
Occupancy rate (in %) 92.1 92.5
Data updated: 21.11.2017
r) Adjusted data due to late deliveries
Source minors: SFO - Reference day survey of juvenile detention (SJS)
Source adults: SFO - Statistics on convictions and persons serving prison sentences (FHE)

Juveniles in placement and detailed adults

Persons in placement and detainees correspond to the number of persons (population) on the 1st Wednesday in September (reference day) or the average annual population

  • Juveniles who are placed outside their families on account of crimes
  • Adults who are detained in penal institutions (prisons, penitentiaries, prison centres)

Stays by adults detained under criminal law

The stays (movements of detainees) denote the total incarcerations, discharges and length of stay for custodial sentences

  • in prisons
  • in the form of employment of labour
  • under electronic house arrest
  • subject to probation supervision
Period in custody in execution of a sanction
  2016 2017
Execution of sentences and measures
Detainees   10 005 8 071

of which in execution of measures

 136  59
Discharged persons   9 938 8 604
Median length of stay (in days)  49  57
Community service
Service completed 4 015 3 811
Electronic monitoring
Monitoring completed  304  238
Supervision provided
Probation supervision and conduct order  
Probation supervision  
Conduct order  
Data updated: 09.11.2018 Source: FSO - Statistics on the Execution of Custodial Sentences

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Persons in placement and detainee

Population of juveniles and adults in placement or detention under criminal law.

Placement, period in custody

Incarcerations, discharges and length of stay for adults detained under criminal law.

Employment of labour, electronic home detention and supervision

Execution of sanctions in the form of employment of labour or under electronic house arrest and criminal law orders of probation supervision, conduct orders and outpatient supervision by authorities.

Penal institutions

The catalogue and map of penal institutions contains information on addresses, history, functions, capacity and personnel resources.

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CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel
Switzerland

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