Year
Contributor(s)Daniel Fink, Infoprisons

Special populations

Number and percentage of female prisoners

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There is an effective separation between men and women

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  • In Swiss prisons, women must pay for sanitary products. Poor women prisoners at Tuilière (Vaud canton) can only get a few. They have to fill out request forms to have access to sufficient sanitary products.

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    11/06/2019
    / RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse)

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  • Female prisoners at Tuilière (Vaud canton) have access to workshops on how to apply polish to artificial nails. The men attend carpentry workshops.

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    11/06/2019
    / RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse)

Conjugal visits are allowed for women

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Pregnant women receive proper prenatal care

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Mothers are allowed to keep their children with them

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The law bans the imprisonment of minors

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Minimum age of juvenile incarceration

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Incarcerated minors

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Ministry in charge of juvenile offenders

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Juvenile prisoners are separated from adults

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71.7 % (4,942)

The prison regulations are translated for foreign prisoners

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Foreign prisoners are allowed to work while incarcerated

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There are specific prison facilities for long-term prisoners

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Life sentences are banned

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Untried prisoners are separated from the convicted

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Minority or indigenous backgrounds are criteria for specific cell or unit assignment

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The prosecution or imprisonment of a person on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity is banned

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Assignment of transgender prisoners to a specific facility depends on

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Elderly prisoners (≥60 years)

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Prison facilities are adapted to the needs of prisoners with disabilities

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Death penalty is abolished

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