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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.
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|
|IBAN||CH71 0900 0000 8002 7534 9|
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.