Placement, period in custody

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

Admissions under custodial sentences and measures

Detainees under custodial sentences and measures
  2016 2017
Detainees 10 005 8 071
Type of sentence
Inpatient measures  136  59
Custodial sentence 4 156 2 769
Custodial sentence and repeal of conditional custodial sentence  107  46
Repeal of a conditional custodial sentence, alternative custodial sentence 1 719 1 498
Conversion of a fine, cantonal legislation 3 244 2 889
Other decisions, anticipatory execution of a sentence  643  810
Sex
Male 9 150 7 348
Female  855  723
Nationality
Swiss 3 306 2 772
Foreign nationals 6 699 5 299
Age
Aged up to 24 1 927 1 603
25 to 34 years 3 822 2 914
35 to 44 years 2 337 1 953
Aged over 44 1 919 1 601
Data updated: 09.11.2018 Source: FSO - Statistics on the Execution of Custodial Sentences

Persons discharged from custodial sentences and measures

Persons discharged from custodial sentences and measures
  2016 2017
Discharged persons 9 938 8 604
Sex
Male 9 117 7 890
Female  821  714
Nationality
Swiss 3 249 2 884
Foreign nationals 6 689 5 720
Age
Aged up to 24 1 778 1 604
25 to 34 years 3 773 3 219
35 to 44 years 2 391 2 115
Aged over 44 1 986 1 666
Discharges
Sentence served 7 516 6 375
Conditional discharge 2 238 2 050
Other reason for discharge  184  179
Data updated: 09.11.2018 Source: FSO - Statistics on the Execution of Custodial Sentences

Length of stay of discharged persons

Length of stay of discharged persons
  2016 2017
Discharged persons 9 938 8 604
Length of stay
Up to 1 month 4 389 3 670
1 to 3 months 2 018 1 719
3 to 6 months 1 409 1 174
6 to 18 months 1 421 1 382
More than 18 months  701  659
Median (in days)  49  57
Mean (in days)  169  180
Data updated: 09.11.2018 Source: FSO - Statistics on the Execution of Custodial Sentences

Persons under execution of measures

Persons under execution of measures prescribed inpatient measures

  • Treatment of mental disorders (Art. 59 SCC)
  • Treatment for addiction (Art. 60 SCC)
  • Measure for young adults (Art. 61 SCC)
  • Indefinite incarceration (Art. 64 SCC)
  • Juvenile sentence
Persons under execution of measures
  2016 2017
Total incarcerations  136  59
Sex
Male  117  55
Female  19  4
Nationality
Swiss  81  36
Foreign nationals  55  23
Age
Aged up to 24  38  11
25 to 34 years  44  26
35 to 44 years  32  13
Aged over 44  22  9
Indefinite incarceration  1  2
Treatment of mental disorders  63  31
Treatment for addiction  52  17
Measure for young adults  17  9
Other  3  0
Average prison population  911  887
Indefinite incarceration  146  143
Treatment of mental disorders  528  530
Treatment for addiction  110  102
Measure for young adults  98  87
Other  29  26
Discharges  149  101
Length of stay
Up to 6 months  16  7
6 to 12 months  9  4
1 to 3 years  43  32
More than 3 years  81  58
Data updated: 09.11.2018 Source: Statistics on the Execution of Custodial sentences

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