More than 800 inmates returned to prison
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.