The Federal Department of Justice and Police has a wide range of responsabilities. It deals with socio-political issues such as the co-existence of Swiss and foreign nationals, asylum matters, internal security and the fight against crime. Marital status and citizenship issues are also just as much part of the FDJP's brief as corporate governance, gaming supervision, or the drafting of codes and instruments for international legal assistance and police cooperation.
The General Secretariat creates the conditions that allow the Head of Department, Karin Keller-Sutter, to fulfil her tasks within the government and vis-à-vis the public. In other words, it initiates, plans and coordinates the department's activities and prepares the material that is to form the basis for decisions that have to be taken on government, parliamentary or deparmental business. The General Secretariat supports the departmental offices in the planning and the achievement of their objectives.
- Federal Audit Oversight Authority
Federal Commission for the Assessment of the Treatability of Offenders subject to Lifelong Incarceration
On 14 May 2014, the Federal Council established a federal commission that will evaluate the possibility of treating persons serving sentences of lifelong incarceration. The commission is governed by the Ordinance of 26 June 2013 on the Federal Commission for the Assessment of the Treatability of Offenders subject to Lifelong Incarceration. It comprises experts in forensic psychiatry and psychotherapy. On the instructions of the authority for the execution of sentences and measures concerned, it will examine whether new scientific findings could make it possible to treat a person serving a life sentence so that he or she no longer presents a risk to society.
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