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Fewer people behind bars in Switzerland

Local News // Aug. 30, 2016
Fewer people behind bars in Switzerland

Fewer people are serving prison sentences in Switzerland, but there has been an increase in female prisoners and those with a Swiss passport.

In 2014, just under 9500 people were behind bars compared to 9,200 last year – a decrease of about 3%, according to the Federal Statistical Office.

Most of them were between 25 and 34 years old.

The number of female prisoners increased by nearly 6%, from 734 to 776.

There was also an increase of 0.5 per cent in the number of Swiss prisoners compared with foreign.

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