Zurich West Prison

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The Zurich West Prison is a part of the Police and Justice Centre. Its inmates are either under provisional arrest or in pre-trial detention.

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About us

The Zurich West Prison (Gefängnis Zürich West, GZW) is part of the Police and Justice Centre (Polizei- und Justizzentrum, PJZ) which started operating gradually since April 2022 on the grounds of Zurich’s former freight terminal.

The Zurich West Prison houses persons under provisional arrest (124 places) and will house 117 places in pre-trial detention in the future.

Provisional arrest

During provisional arrest (also known as police detention), the prosecution authorities have a maximum of 48 hours to make the necessary assessments in order to either confirm or rebut the suspicions and other reasons for incarceration. If there are no reasons for incarceration (or not anymore), the person under provisional arrest is released. Otherwise, a request for a pre-trial detention order is submitted to the coercive measures court (in German) which then has 48 hours to adjudicate on the matter.

Pre-trial detention

If the coercive measures court approves the request for pre-trial detention, the incarcerated person is moved to the prison’s pre-trial detention block or to another pre-trial prison of the Zurich Pre-Trial Prisons (Untersuchungsgefängnisse Zürich, UGZ).

Advantages:

  • Capacity: 241 places (124 for men, women and adolescents under provisional arrest and 117 for people in pre-trial detention)

Advantages:

  • Planned jobs: 136,0 positions

Visits

Visiting hours

Monday to Friday (including public holidays):
8.15 am to 12 pm
1 pm to 5 pm      

Payments for alternative custodial sentences will be accepted from 5 pm to 8 pm in addition to the above visiting hours. 

Visitation permit and registration  

Advantages:

  • 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 43 257 31 11

Money transfer to inmates

For the settlement of alternative custodial sentences the prison accepts the original receipt of the payment via post office counter. Payment forms must be collected in advance from the loge (main entrance) at Zurich West Prison. Please note our visiting hours.

For all other payments to an incarcerated person, money can be wired. Here you can find the bank details:

   
Name des Finanzinstituts PostFinance, 3030 Bern
Einzahlung für Polizei- und Justizzentrum, Gefängnis Zürich West, Güterstrasse 33, Postfach, 8010 Zürich
Konto 15-862826-8
IBAN CH46 0900 0000 1586 2826 8
SWIFT/BIC POFICHBEXXX
Clearing-Nr. 09000

Other payment methods are not possible.

Supervision and treatment

An interdisciplinary team guarantees the success of the challenging supervision in provisional arrest. A number of departments are in direct contact with the arrested persons, such as:

  • The team of supervision and treatment
  • The health service
  • Counseling (external partner)

Several partners support these departments.  

For more in-depth information on supervision and treatment, please check the house regulations (in German):

Work

In contrast to pre-trial detention, working is not possible for persons in provisional arrest. 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:

  • Packing and repacking
  • Compiling and assorting
  • Packing and dispatching mailings
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Creative work

Leisure

People under provisional arrest have access to books and an international TV-program. Furthermore, they can use the exercise yard to stroll around and pass time.

Marc Eiermann

Head of prison management

Foto von Marc Eiermann, Leiter des Gefängnisses Zürich West

Further information

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Contact

Zurich West Prison

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Address

Güterstrasse 33
P.O. Box
8010 Zürich
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