Thousands of prisoners released in amnesty deal
A total of 31,527 prisoners, most of whom were juveniles when they committed crimes, have been released under an amnesty agreement, officials said.
The agreement, decided on last year by the top legislature and signed by President Xi Jinping, was adopted to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Among those released were those who fought in the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1937-1945) and the Chinese civil war in the 1930s and 1940s. They are at least 80 years old.
The majority of those released — 29,927 — committed crimes when they were under 18 and were sentenced to less than three years in prison.