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Dielsdorf Prison (Gefängnis Dielsdorf) with its total 57 places specializes in housing female inmates.
In a department with 38 places, the Dielsdorf prison accommodates female inmates in pre-trial and preventive detention. In the other separately managed department, there are 17 places for women who have been sentenced to terms of up to 3 months or as a consequence of culpably unpaid fines or financial penalties.
Dielsdorf Prison is managed in such a way, that inmates can be accommodated with their infants who are up to a maximum age of 18 months.
Visitation permit and registration
Before you visit
Getting a permit
Permit for Pre-trial and Preventive Detention Department
In order to visit an inmate in the Pre-trial and Preventive Detention Department, you must get a visitation permit from the public prosecutor's office. Please contact us: +41 43 258 16 00.
Permit Corrections Department
In order to visit an inmate in the Corrections Department, you need to be in possession of a visitation permit issued by the Dielsdorf prison management. Please fill in the visitor’s form below and send it to the Dielsdorf prison management (in German):
Wait for your permit
Registration by phone
When you visit, please bring with you
Supervision and treatment
In every prison, medical service, pastoral work, and social counselling are available. In case of an inmate facing psychological problems, she may consult a psychiatrist.
Seven days upon entry, all inmates will be given a medical check-up free of charge. The examination also assesses the inmate's ability to work and his fitness for enforcement. If necessary, further examinations or therapies are arranged.
Detailed information on supervision and treatment can be found in the house regulations (in German):
For inmates in pre-trial- or in preventive detention, work or school attendance are not mandatory. If a person in pre-trial- or in preventive detention has committed to working on a voluntary basis, she has to carry out the tasks assigned to her.
Inmates may carry out the following tasks:
- Cardboard work
- Packing, labeling, and dispatching mailings
- Component placement of advertising mailings
- Packing and repackaging
- Labeling and relabeling
- In-house creative work for sale
Money transfer to inmates
Cash in Swiss currency for an inmate may be handed in during regular business hours. Prison management will provide a receipt.
Money can also be transferred. Please find the bank details below:
|Name des Finanzinstituts||PostFinance, 3030 Bern|
|Einzahlung für||Gefängnis Dielsdorf, Postfach 115, 8157 Dielsdorf|
|Konto||CH28 0900 0000 8002 9542 6|
Please be sure to include the first and last name of the inmate you wish to transfer funds to so that the prison management can allocate the amount to the correct account!
Leisure and release on temporary licence
Inmates have the opportunity to use the gym. In any case, inmates can complete an individual training programme in their free time in the cell. The prison management decides whether equipment for physical exercise (plastic dumbbells, etc.) is permitted.
Release on temporary licence is generally permitted after a period of settling in. This period is two months after a new entry, and one month after a transfer from another prison. The decision as to whether a release on temporary licence can be granted lies with the referring authority. In principle, releases on temporary licence can only be granted if
- the behaviour of the sentenced person in correction does not speak against it;
- there is no danger of escaping or committing further crimes;
- there is sufficient reason to assume that the release will proceed in a correct manner and in accordance with all conditions and requirements.
There are no releases on temporary licence for inmates in pre-trial or preventive detention.
Besides, inmates are entitled to special release. Special release enables a detained person to settle legal, private or business matters that cannot be postponed and that require her presence outside the institution. Reasons for special releases may include weddings (their own or next of kin), baptisms or similar events in the life of the inmate’s children, funeral services, visits to the authorities or job interviews (shortly before release). Requirement for a special release is that the inmate follows the house regulations.
A special regulation applies to detainees who have to leave Switzerland.