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China digs out malpractice of prison
Updated: 2004-11-11 00:42

Chinese Ministry of Justice punished 27 wardens and sent ten to the court for improperly handling sentence reduction, parole and release on bail for medical treatment since May this year.

Of the 1.1 million cases from January 2002 to April this year, malpractice was found in 1,436 cases, said the Ministry source Wednesday when reporting the results of a nationwide inspection.

In several prisons inmates served longer sentences and were mistreated, the source added.

The Ministry will continue an inspection of prison mismanagement, especially against corporal punishment, insult and maltreatment in prisons, said Zhang Fusen, the minister of justice.

China now has 1.5 million prison population in its 670 jails.

The country has been reforming its penal system and updating correction methods. The Ministry of Justice started a campaign to educate and train wardens for new correction methods in July. And more professional psychologists have been introduced into jails since last year.

Continuous efforts are being made to protect the legitimate rights of inmates. Chinese procuratorates set up organs in jails for prisoners to hand in their requests while legal assistance reach in behind bars.

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