Pfäffikon Prison

Teaser Gefängnis Pfäffikon

Besides its conventional tasks as a pre-trial prison, Pfäffikon Prison operates a security department. Here, you can find out more on the general conditions of the pre-trial prison – from visiting hours to the inmates’ work options.

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About us

The Pfäffikon Prison was inaugurated on 01.10.1979 with 52 places. In the 90s, another storey was added to the building, creating space for an additional 28 inmates. In the year 2020, the safety and security installations were replaced to make sure that Pfäffikon Prison is equipped with the newest technology.

In addition to the regular tasks of a pre-trial prison, Pfäffikon Prison also operates a security department with six places. Incarcerated women, men, and adolescents from all forms of detention and all institutions can be committed if they are in an acute state of crisis, a danger to themselves or others, and/or highly likely to escape. Compliant to the principle of support and with clear structures and activating interventions, efforts are made to reduce the risk potential by implementing a system of steps and perspectives. If stabilization is achieved, the incarcerated person is reintegrated and brought back to their previous institution.


  • Capacity: 80 places
  • Staff: 25 positions


Visiting hours

Monday to Friday:
7.45 am to 11 am
1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
5.30 pm to 7 pm

Saturday and Sunday:
8 am to 10 am

No visits are possible on Thursday afternoons and public holidays.

Visitation permit and registration  


  • Before visiting, you have to apply for a permit with the prosecution offices.
  • In order to visit an inmate, advance notification by phone is mandatory: +41 43 258 12 11

Supervision and treatment

Every prison offers medical services, pastoral work, and social counselling. If an inmate is dealing with psychological issues, the prison will bring in a psychiatrist.

Seven days after being committed to the prison, all inmates are given a free medical check-up. This also includes assessing whether they are able to work and are fit for incarceration. If necessary, further evaluations or therapies are arranged.

For more in-depth information on supervision and treatment, please check our 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, he is obliged to carry out the tasks assigned to him.

Inmates carry out the following tasks:

  • Assembly work
  • Packing and repacking
  • Compiling and assorting
  • Packing and dispatching mailings
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Creative work
  • Various assembly chores

Money transfer to inmates

Cash for an inmate may be handed in during regular business hours. Prison management will provide a receipt.

Money may be transferred as well. Here are the bank account details:

Name des Finanzinstituts PostFinance, 3030 Bern
Einzahlung für Gefängnis Pfäffikon, Hörnlistrasse 55, 8330 Pfäffikon
Konto 80-27534-9
IBAN CH71 0900 0000 8002 7534 9
Clearing-Nr. 09000

Please make sure to indicate name and surname of the beneficiary as purpose of payment in order for the prison management to be able to assign the amount to the correct account.


The inmates have the opportunity to exercise in the gym or the yard every day. There are also guided exercise sessions.

Further information

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Simon Miethlich

Head of prison management

Foto von Simon Miethlich


Pfäffikon Prison


Hörnlistrasse 55
8330 Pfäffikon ZH
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+41 43 258 12 00


+41 43 258 12 11

For Visits