Penal institutions

Prison establishments are all institutions whose purpose is the execution of custodial sentences and measures as well as forms of detention such as police detention, pre-trial detention as well as compulsory measures under the Federal Act on Foreign Nationals (FNA - SR 142.20). In Switzerland, responsibility for these institutions lies with the cantons.

Key figures on penal institutions

 

2021

Number of penal institutions

92

Number of detention places

7 397

Detention places in the smallest prison

5

Detention places in the largest prison

398

Total prison population

6 316

Occupancy rate (in %)

85.4

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

4 504

Of which administration

465

Of which security

2 794

Of which social work / education

748

Of which healthcare

197

External employees

449

Data updated: 01.04.2021
1) Personnel according to organisational chart (full-time equivalents – a work-time percentage of 50% equals 0.5 FTE)
Source: FSO - Imprisonment statistics (FHE)

Further information

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Statistical sources and concepts

Contact

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

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