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The Office for the Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice of the Canton of Zurich was established on 1 August 1999. All institutions and authorities handling the execution of a sentence or a measure have been placed under the single management structure of this new Office.
That way, the Office is the third pillar of the penal system in the Canton of Zurich, next to the police/criminal investigations and the courts. The structure of the Office and the different fields of competence and potential it covers provide the unique opportunity to define and develop topical questions pertaining to law enforcement in an interdisciplinary approach and to give orientation.
The Office for the Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice employs some 850 staff in more than 40 different professions.