Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice

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Detained adults

In 2019, 6 943 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

The annual survey on the detention of juveniles placed under juvenile law (SJS) and the annual survey of custodial sentences and the pre-trial detention of adults held in penal institutions (FHE) are conducted separately on the reference day (31 January). The statistics on the execution of sanctions (SVS) provide information on all persons admitted to and released from a penal institution, on the length of imprisonment of convicted adults, as well as on the sentences, in penal institutions. It also includes information on community service, on electronic monitoring as well as on persons under probation assistance.

 
Imprisonment on reference day
  2018 2019
Juveniles
Juveniles in secured accommodation ... 468
Adults
Total prison population

6 9721

6 943

Prisons (in operation)

104

102

Number of detention places

7 518

7 394

Occupancy rate (in %)

92.7

93.9

Data updated: 14.03.2019 and 18.06.2019
1) In 2018, only minimal data (mean) are published (change of the reference day)
Source minors: SFO - Reference day survey of juvenile detention (SJS)
Source adults: SFO - Imprisonment statistics (FHE)

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Juveniles placed on reference day

Population of juveniles in placement under criminal law

Detained adults

Incarcerations, releases and length of stay for detained adults

Community service, electronic monitoring and probation assistance

Enforcement of penalties in the form of community service or under electronic monitoring, as well as under probation assistance

Penal institutions

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

Contact

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

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