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Majority of prisoners not Swiss citizens

National News // By Tay Kinnear // Feb. 7, 2019

Switzerland is locking up more foreigners – and many of those don’t even live in the country.

Pixabay Majority of prisoners not Swiss citizens

More than half, 52%, of people in Swiss jails don’t have an address in the country – and a further 28% are non-Swiss, who are residents.

In total, the number of people in prison is down from a high of over 7,000 to 6,907 – but analysts say the trend is rising.

Experts say this is down to courts handing out tougher sentences and an increased reluctance to release prisoners early.

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