Number of Prisoners fell 0.322% to 6,498 persons in Switzerland in 2015

Number of Prisoners (persons)
Law & Crime | Switzerland | December 30, 2018
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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.

Number of Prisoners Unit 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Austria persons 8,708 8,813 8,954 8,805 8,862 ...
Belgium persons 10,105 10,968 11,065 11,212 12,126
France persons 60,978 60,544 64,787 66,572 67,075
Germany persons 72,295 70,827 69,543 68,533 66,221
Hungary persons 15,432 16,328 17,210 17,179 17,841 ...
Italy persons 65,598 69,263 68,325 67,102 63,848
Poland persons 85,749 82,372 82,832 85,459 80,165
Slovenia persons 1,365 1,351 1,273 1,377 1,360
Spain persons 76,079 73,929 70,472 68,597 66,765
Switzerland persons 5,605 5,765 5,626 6,102 6,652