Corrections and Rehabilitation

Corrections and Rehabilitation is responsible for the administration of the various forms of custodial sentences and non-custodial measures. On this page, you can learn everything about Corrections and Rehabilitation – from its organizational structure to interesting facts and figures.

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About us

Corrections and Rehabilitation (JuWe, short for German «Justizvollzug und Wiedereingliederung») is responsible for the administration of the various forms of custodial sentences and non-custodial measures.

Corrections and Rehabilitation has a dual purpose:

  • As a corrections authority, the Probation and Corrections Services are in charge of the execution of the various sanctions, admitting convicts to the respective correctional facilities in Zurich or other cantons, realizing correctional programmes, and providing probation assistance.
  • As correctional facilities, the Zurich remand centres, the Zurich prisons, the Pöschwies Correctional Facility and the Centre for Correctional Measures Uitikon (MZU Uitikon, prison for adolescents) take in convicts admitted by the prosecution and corrections authorities of the Canton of Zurich or other cantons.

What we do

JuWe is part of the Department of Justice and Home Affairs of the Canton of Zurich and employs around 850 people. We execute court-ordered prison sentences and non-custodial measures and do legal social work. We are also responsible for pre-trial and preventive detention in order to protect ongoing proceedings.

Our employees work in some 40 different fields, supporting and facilitating the reintegration of thousands of delinquents and making an important contribution to public safety.

In addition to our work with delinquents, we are also in charge of the execution of administrative detention in order to secure the decisions and proceedings of the immigration authorities.

Organogram of Corrections and Rehabilitation
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The head official plus the management («GL», short for German «Geschäftsleitung») depend in various ways on expertise in order to meet their management duties. The departments of the management thus take on important cross-sectional tasks within the office and are at the disposal of the head official, the GL, all correctional facilities and services as well as of external work partners and interested third-parties.  

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The head of Corrections and Rehabilitation (»JuWe”, short for German »Justizvollzug und Wiedereingleiderung”) is responsible for overall governance and management of the office and its duties as well as representing the office outwardly in all substantial matters.

The management (GL) consists of a head official and the respective heads of all main departments and departments. It is responsible for all cross-section tasks and processes plus for the quality development and management of Corrections and Rehabilitation. It also supports and advises the head of office in governing and managing the office.  

The administration of the head of office and heads of main departments supports the respective heads of all main departments in all administrative tasks. The assistance of the head of office is responsible for the statement of the minutes in all executive board meetings.

The assistant to the heads of main departments exonerates the head of department in all of his or her diverse functions. This includes the departments Law, HR, Finances, Controlling and Logistics, Investments and Development Focus, and Communications. The administration office also organises and supervises various business occasions and is point of contact for external and internal callers.  

The Finances, Controlling and Logistics department is partner of head of office and management, of the institutions, the government, the head management of the Department of Justice and Home Affairs and the finance department for all issues regarding finances, such as planning, reporting, annual accounts, and indicators. In more detail, here are the respective tasks:

  • Provides management information and decision-making tools with purposeful evaluations and controlling processes for the professional, organisational, and financial development of the office.
  • Keeps an efficient financial system and accounting.
  • Supports internal projects contributing to the optimisation of the value flows and the management of digital efficiency.
  • Reclaims all health costs attributed to JuWe for the supervision of clients from health insurances and social welfare offices.
  • Welcomes and supervises clients, visitors, and suppliers professionally and provides information on the phone in a competent way.
  • Coordinates and takes responsibility for procurement, disposal, and storage plus the security and infrastructure of the office building.
  • Supports heads of main departments and departments in various administrative chores.

The Human Resources (HR) department carries out central tasks inside JuWe. It is responsible for implementing the personnel strategy that derives from the office’s strategies and goals.

HR has the following functions:

  • Is partner of head of office and management, of institutions, the government, the head management of the Department of Justice and Home Affairs, and the finance department for all issues concerning the HR life cycle inside the JuWe.
  • Develops topics regarding the HR life cycle and is in charge of the personnel controlling.
  • Advises managers and staff members in all things HR.
  • Makes sure that JuWe can acquire the talents needed.
  • Guarantees the administrative flows of personnel processes.
  • Provides support for change management.

The Investments & Development Focus department is under the following duties:

  • Consolidation of planning of institutions and resources (compilation of Facts & Figures)
  • Representation of the head of office in large-scale investments and construction projects (proof and development of authority)
  • Monitoring of subsidy systems in the role of point of contact for the Department of Justice and the cantonal office of building
  • Quality checks of the visualization of organigrams as a part of the internal controlling system (IKS)
  • Management of the focus point of development of the office in form of a planning overview
  • Development, alignment, and codebook conception of indicators with the perspectives of performance, research, and effects (IT subproject).

The Law department is responsible for all legal matters that need to be worked on or clarified within the head office and cannot be attributed to any other main department. The department is point of contact for all legal matters concerning corrections, both within the office and externally.

It is mainly responsible for the following tasks:

  • Drafting of or helping with changes in laws and regulations in the fields of criminal justice, establishing house regulations, internally used regulations and contracts, etc.
  • written handling of legal questions, securing knowledge, and quality development
  • consultancy and decision-making support for main departments
  • collaboration in concepts and projects, development of consultation processes for the head management of the Department of Justice and Home Affairs in parliamentary motions and the preparation of decisions by the cantonal government
  • representing the office in appeal procedures in front of all authorities (including Ombud and liability cases).


In addition to the «JuWE-Essenz», the JuWe mission statement, you can find evaluations, publications and the Pöschwies Correctional Facility's annual report below.

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The JuWe-Essenz is the framework for our work and complements our legal and professional standards and regulations. It exists to facilitate the work of us, the employees, and guide us in our everyday decisionmaking.

For readers from outside JuWe, the JuWe-Essenz is there to explain how we think and work. It also provides orientation to applicants looking to work with us.

In its evaluations, JuWe examines the efficacy of its interventions and identifies traits characteristic to convicted perpetrators of violent or sexual crimes in Switzerland. Furthermore, predictors for re-offending are identified and the predictive accuracy of existing prognostics tools examined in these evaluations.

Report on domestic violence in the Canton of Zurich

As commissioned by the Domestic Violence Intervention Centre (IST) and the Department of Justice and Home Affairs of the Canton of Zurich, a report was published in April 2012 which evaluated the police protection options in the Canton of Zurich as per the cantonal Law on Protection against Violence during its enactment period from the 1st of April 2007 to the 31st of December 2009. Jérôme Endrass, Astrid Rossegger, and Frank Urbaniok are the authors of this report.

Zürcher Forensik-Studie

The Zürcher Forensik-Studie (Zurich forensics study) examined how often violent offenders and sexual offenders were evaluated by forensic psychiatrists and a non-custodial measure was ordered. In almost two thirds of the sample cases, an evaluation by a forensic psychiatrist had been ordered, with Swiss nationals being evaluated significantly more often than foreign nationals. The number of times a non-custodial measure (according to art. 42, 43 or 44 a of the Swiss Criminal Code) was ordered was also significantly lower when concerning foreign nationals.    


Endrass J, Rossegger A, Urbaniok F (2007): Zürcher Forensik Studie. Abschlussbericht zum Modellversuch «Therapieevaluation und Prädiktorenforschung».

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Endrass J, Rossegger A, Urbaniok F (2012): Häusliche Gewalt im Kanton Zürich. Evaluation der polizeilichen Schutzmassnahmen im Kanton Zürich gemäss kantonalem Gewaltschutzgesetz für den Zeitraum der Inkraftsetzung des Gesetzes vom 1. April 2007 – 31. Dezember 2009.

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Report of the task force «Alt werden im Justizvollzug» («Growing old in prison»)

On May 12th, 2012, the head of department instructed this task force to document the situation of older prisoners in the penitentiaries and work out suggestions regarding their placement, supervision, care, and treatment. The report was finalized on May 28th, 2014. An abbreviated version is available here.

Facts & Figures

JuWe gathers and processes numerous figures and indicators for various different purposes. On the one hand, the statistics serve the internal regulation of quality and performance. On the other hand, information about the execution of penal sanctions and justice should be made available to the interested public and other external parties.

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The «Zahlenspiegel» (annual report of key figures) contains the most important figures and statistical data of JuWe and its institutions and services.

For the detailed operational information of the Pöschwies Correctional Facility, please refer to its annual reports.

More detailed information on the financial development of JuWe (KEF, budget, financial statement) can be found in the respective documents on the website of the Finance Administration of the Canton of Zurich.

The Corrections Commission of the Ostschweizer Strafvollzugskonkordat (Eastern Switzerland Corrections Concordat) sets the rates for room and board at the correctional facilities.

Hans-Jürg Patzen

Head of the OEPSJ

Hans-Jürg Patzen, Head of the OEPSJ

Jérôme Endrass

Deputy Head of the OEPSJ

Jérôme Endrass, Deputy Head of the OEPSJ


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