More than 800 in­mates re­turned to prison

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

More than 800 in­mates, in­clud­ing many cor­rupt se­nior of­fi­cials who had their sen­tences com­muted il­le­gally, were re­turned to prison last year, Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

Most of those re­turned to prison had re­ceived il­le­gal com­mu­ta­tion of sen­tences, had been re­leased on pa­role or were serv­ing their sen­tences out­side prison due to ill­ness, ac­cord­ing to the Supreme Peo­ple’s Prose­cu­toratethe.

The move fol­lowed an in­ten­si­fied na­tion­wide cam­paign to com­bat the il­le­gal re­duc­tion of sen­tences or con­di­tional re­leases.

If con­victs be­have well or are cred­ited with “mer­i­to­ri­ous achieve­ments”, in­clud­ing some in­ven­tions and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions, they are el­i­gi­ble for com­mu­ta­tion of their sen­tences. If in­mates are di­ag­nosed with se­ri­ous ill­nesses, such as can­cer, heart dis­ease or high blood pres­sure, and are con­sid­ered un­able to serve their terms in prison, they can serve the sen­tences out­side to re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment.

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