Imprisonment statistics

The survey on imprisonment provides information on the number of prisoners by type of imprisonment, gender and nationality (from 2004) and information on places and occupancy rates in penal institutions. Deaths, suicides (from 2004) and escapes (from 2010) are recorded for the previous year. The statistics enable deductions to be made concerning imprisonment orders across Switzerland by type of custody and trends in the prison population and places.



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


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Pandemic and statistical data collection

The current pandemic is affecting the entire country. In this difficult context and in order to measure the consequences, the FSO must continue to produce reliable statistical information for both the authorities and the public. We thank you in advance for your assistance should we contact you.


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