Beijing prisoners to spend weekend at home
( 2003-08-18 10:31) (Agencies)
Ten prisoners on Friday were given permission by the Beijing Municipal
Prison Administrative Bureau to enjoy a weekend out of jail with their families.
It is the first time the authorities have allowed prisoners to spend a
weekend at home, which is widely regarded as a humanitarian approach to prison
The 10 prisoners have all performed well in serving more than half of their
time in prison and their remaining prison terms are no more than one year, which
are major conditions for getting the permission, according to a senior bureau
The prisoners were required to go through temporary residence procedures at
their local public security bureau and to return to prison Sunday afternoon.
A prisoner surnamed Li told Xinhua that he has been in prison for 10 years
and is scheduled for release in half a year. The free weekend offers him a
golden opportunity to learn more about the fast-changing world, which will
definitely benefit his future life, he said.
The bureau official said the move is a trial measure in the reform of the
city's prison management, and will help prisoners adjust their mentality and
rebuild their confidence before returning to society.