Zurich Pre-Trial Prisons

The Zurich Pre-Trial Prisons comprise five institutions. The primary objective of pre-trial and preventive detention is to safeguard the criminal proceedings. On this site, you will find interesting information on the pre-trial prisons and what they do.

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About us


  • Management of the Zurich Pre-Trial Prisons (head and staff services)
  • Staff: 148,9 positions
  • 5 institutions with a total capacity of 408 inmates

Tasks and responsibilities of the Zurich Pre-Trial Prisons (UGZ)


Enforcement of

  • Pre-trial and preventive detention
  • detention pending deportation
  • Prison sentences as a consequence of court judgements until the detained person is transferred to a suitable institution
  • Alternative custodial sentences due to culpably unpaid financial penalties or fines (women only)


  • Placing, overseeing, providing meals for, and supervising the imprisoned persons based on the principles of Art. 235 of the Swiss Criminal Procedure Code and Art. 74 et seqq. of the Swiss Penal Code
  • Providing medical care for the inmates
  • Providing work and/or continuing education to the inmates


  • The primary objective of pre-trial, preventive or detention pending deportation is to safeguard criminal proceedings.
  • The main goal when enforcing a prison sentence is to prevent relapses and therefore protect potential victims.

Prison Management

Function Name
Head of Zurich Pre-Trial Prisons (UGZ) Roland Zurkirchen
Head of legal services Caroline Beyeler
 Head of prison management at the Dielsdorf Prison Simone Keller
Head of prison management at the Horgen Prison Daniel Bosshart
Head of prison management at the Limmattal Prison Daniel Bosshart
Head of prison management at the Pfäffikon Prison Simon Miethlich
Head of prison management at the Winterthur Prison Karin Eggli
Head of prison management Zurich Prison Fritz Hösli


Zurich Pre-Trial Prisons More information


Hohlstrasse 552
8090 Zürich
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