Penal institutions

The catalogue contains information on addresses, history, functions, capacity and personnel resources.

Key figures on penal institutions



Inmates on reference day

6 943

Of whom men

6 547

Of whom women


Prison places on reference day

7 394

Prison places in smallest prison


Prison places in largest prison


Average number of prison places


FTE posts on reference day, shown as work-time percentage1)

4 433

Of which administration


Of which security

2 351

Of which social work / education


Of which healthcare


External employees


Rates per 100,000 of permanent resident population



Prison places


Inmates per post



Of which inmates per social work and education


Data updated: 14.03.2019
1) Personnel according to organisational chart (Full-time equivalents - a work-time percentage of 50% equals 0.5 FTE)
Source: FSO - Catalogue of penal institutions

Further information


Statistical sources and concepts


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



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