More than 800 inmates in China, including corrupt senior officials, were sent back to prison last year, according to a recent Xinhua report. Among the inmates, a majority of them had received illegal commutation of sentences; they were either released on parole or were serving their sentences outside of prison due to sicknesses. Thus followed a nationwide campaign fighting against illegal reduction of sentences or condition release.
The Supreme People’s Prosecutorate said it had collected over 500 pieces of information involving the illegal reduction of sentences and release on parole or the serving of sentences out of prison. Law enforcement officers were caught neglecting their duties or abused their power to put forth this wrongdoing in exchange for huge bribes.
January, the CPC Political and Judiciary Commission issued a notice to stipulate strict regulation of the commutation of sentences, conditional releases and sentences served out of prison. In March, a leading prosecuting department launched a nine-month investigation to target illegal behavior involved in such releases.
Prosecutors will begin paying more attention to and investigating prisoners, including corrupt officials, those who committed major economic crimes, Mafia-like gang members, and those involved in violent or terrorist attacks, Xinhua said.