Behind bars: Zurich wants to test a new prison with volunteers

The canton of Zurich wants to test its new Zurich-West prison before it goes into operation – with volunteers who want to find out what pre-trial detention feels like. The test run is scheduled to take place in March 2022.

The prison operation should be simulated as realistically as possible. That means: no cell phone, no books. “Only the body searches are waived,” said prison director Marc Eiermann on Monday in front of the media. A password will also be agreed with which the volunteers can indicate that the attempt can be canceled.