Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice

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Persons in placement and detainee

In 2019, 6943 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
  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: 14.03.2017 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)

Detained adults

Prison population: The number of detained adults in penal insitutions on reference day (31st January) or the average annual population 

 

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

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