Volunteers to test new Swiss jail, strip-search optional

  • People
  • Tuesday, 08 Mar 2022

Prison cells under construction in a new jail and detention centre as part of the police and justice complex in Zurich, Switzerland. Photos: Gaetan Bally/Keystone/AP

Would you willingly live like a prisoner for a day or two – or four? Hundreds of people have jumped at just such a chance in the Swiss city of Zurich, volunteering to take part in an open house of sorts for a new jail before the facility accepts its first inmates.

Details of the March 24-27 test run are still being worked out. But Zurich corrections authorities said they received 832 applications for an as-yet undecided number of spots.

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