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200 Beijing inmates on bail for family reunion
Updated: 2005-02-06 09:16

Beijing prisons have approved more than 200 inmates, or 1 percent of the city's total inmates, to go back home for three days for family reunion during the upcoming Spring Festival, which falls on Feb. 9.

All these inmates were given the special treatment for their good performance in prison, according to Saturday's Beijing Daily.

Among them, 18 are women. One of them, surnamed Li, was allowed to leave prison for home on Feb. 11. She said the first thing she wanted to do at home was to learn to use mobile phone.

"I have been in prison for seven years and never touched a mobile phone," Li said, quoted by the newspaper.

Zhou Ying, warden of Beijing Women's Prison, said the prison authorities had prepared costume ball, films and dumplings for inmates to celebrate the Spring Festival.

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