Number of prisoners reached 6,498 persons in 2015 in Switzerland, according to the United Nations. This is 0.322 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, number of prisoners in Switzerland reached an all time high of 6,652 persons in 2013 and an all time low of 3,449 persons in 1987. When compared to Switzerland's main peers, number of prisoners in France amounted to 66,678 persons, 63,020 persons in Germany and 53,410 persons in Italy in 2015.
Switzerland has been ranked 66th within the group of 105 countries we follow in terms of number of prisoners, 26 places above the position seen 10 years ago.
The prison population is defined as the total number of adult and juvenile prisoners (including pre-trial detainees), including offenders held in Prison Administration facilities, other facilities, institutions for juvenile offenders and for drug addicts and psychiatric or other hospitals.
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