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Source — Swissinfo.ch

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Switzerland : prisoners enjoy more cell space

Overcrowding in Swiss prisons and detention centres eased slightly last year, but a shortage remains for convicts with mental health problems, according to a report. “Compared with 2013, the occupancy situation in Swiss penal institutions is less dramatic than the previous year,” said the Conference of Cantonal Justice and Police Directors in its report “Capacity monitoring in forced confinement”, published on Monday.

Various plans and projects for the creation of additional space had been pushed forward, it noted. Last year, a total of 7,589 places existed for convicted criminals in Switzerland.

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