Affoltern a. A. Prison

Teaser Gefängnis Affoltern a.A.

The Affoltern am Albis Prison executes prison sentences with a modern concept focusing on rehabilitation. Part of this concept is education at the appropriate level.

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About us

As a former pre-trial prison, the Affoltern am Albis Prison (Gefängnis Affoltern a. A.) has since early 2001 been exclusively housing inmates who are serving a prison sentence of no more than 18 months.

In view of an upcoming release, this enables a focused supervision that can be adjusted to the person’s individual needs.

Besides the concept of group therapy, which aims at reinforcing the individual responsibility of the inmates, education at the appropriate level is offered since 2007 (project title: »Education in Prison”). For inmates with lesser language skills or cognitive limitations, there are support programs in mechanical skills.

The aim of corrections is to give the inmate the best possible prerequisites for his rehabilitation into society. This also supports the main goal of the penal system, namely prevention of recidivism.


  • Capacity: 65 places


  • Staff: 23,5 positions


  • Head of prison management: Christian Klein



  1. Before you visit

    Before you can visit a detained person, you…


    • need a permit.
    • have to register by phone.

    Visiting hours / Office hours

    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays:
    8.15 am to 11 am
    1.30 pm to 4 pm
    8.15 am to 11 am

  2. Getting a permit

    If you want to visit a detained person, you need a written permit.

    To obtain a visitation permit, please fill in the form below (in German) and mail it to the prison management, Gefängnisleitung Affoltern am Albis, Gefängnis Affoltern, Besuchswesen, Im Grund 15, 8910 Affoltern a. A.:

  3. Wait for your permit


    • We will check your application as soon as we have received it.
    • In case of approval, you will be contacted by phone to obtain the visitation permit.
  4. Registration by phone

    It is mandatory to register your visit by phone +41 43 258 13 13

  5. When you visit, please bring with you:


    • Identification document

Excerpt rules of visit

There are strict rules regarding visiting a detained person. Here is an extract from the visiting regulations of the corrections department:

  • Inmates are generally permitted one visit per week.
  • Visiting time is one hour. Unused visitation times expire.
  • The number of visitors per visit is determined by the prison management. In any case, no more than three people are permitted.
  • Non-authorized items plus coats and jackets are not allowed in the visitors’ room. Headdresses of religious nature are allowed after examination.
  • All visitors have to prove their identity. For children of three years of age and older, an ID or passport needs to be presented.

The complete house regulations can be found here (in German):

Money transfer to inmates

Cash for inmates can be handed in during visiting hours at the beginning of each visit.

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

Deposit for Gefängnis Affoltern, 8910 Affoltern am Albis
Account 80-57216-3
IBAN CH39 0900 0000 8005 7216 3

Supervision and treatment

At the correctional institution, the following services are at the inmates’ disposal:

  • Medical care (when needed)
  • Psychiatric service (when needed)
  • Social service (Monday through Friday)
  • Pastoral work provided by the national church or other religions

The specialists of the correctional facility provide an around-the-clock support for the inmates. At the same time, they are responsible for the safety and a well-organized running of the house.

Education and training

The Affoltern am Albis Prison enables its inmate to get basic education. This basic education enables the inmate to close education gaps, especially in reading, writing, and arithmetic, to expand his general knowledge and to learn handling tools such as computers. Generally, expertise, self-competence, and social competence are promoted.

The improvement of the chances of reinsertion into the job market and into society is the main objective of the basic education.


For the inmates, work is mandatory. The Affoltern am Albis Prison carries out assignments from third-parties. Inmates may carry out the following tasks:

  • Packing of mailings
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Sorting
  • Mounting
  • Equipping
  • Assemblies
  • Food processing
  • Copper recycling
  • Lounge furniture made from Euro pallets

Roland Jäggli

Head of working establishments
+41 43 258 13 27
Im Grund 15, 8910 Affoltern am Albis

Nina Albin

Head of prison management

Foto von Nina Albin, Leiterin des Gefängnis Affoltern

Further information

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Affoltern a. A. Prison


Im Grund 15
P.O. Box 580
8910 Affoltern a. A.
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+41 43 258 13 13


+41 43 258 13 14