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Prison break reveals bumbling administration practices

10-26-2011 09:57 BJT

An easily accomplished prison break has lead to criticism of local officials and the accelerated construction of a new prison in Hebei Province, the Beijing News reported Tuesday.

But when the Global Times reached Shenzhou Prison Tuesday, they refused to give any comment on this issue.

On September 11, Wang Zhenqing, convicted of theft and sentenced to 10 years, escaped from Shenzhou Prison after only nine months of incarceration. Despite his capture 14 days later, the prison's administration is under pressure from the public to shape up.

The chief investigator for the Shenzhou Prison, Han Mingjin, said when Wang escaped, the warden was asleep, so Wang had no trouble breaking the lock to escape, according to the Beijing News. But, the warden's nap was against policy, as was the bed in his office.

Shenzhou Prison was built in 1970, located near Gaoguzhuang village in Shenzhou, Hebei Province, with more than 3,000 prisoners.

Wang Jianhua, a former inmate at Shenzhou Prison who was just released September 6 after 11 years, told the Beijing News he had no idea about how Wang Zhenqing opened the lock, but there were some prisoners who even had keys due to poor supervision.

According to Wang Jianhua, about 80 percent of prisoners in Shenzhou Prison even had mobile phones. Some mobile phones the prisoners secretly kept were smart phones through which the prisoners could log on to the Internet.

Wang Jianhua said it was easy to acquire goods smuggled into the prison. The most common items were mobile phones, alcohol, cash and even pets, the Beijing News reported.

The head of the education department at Shenzhou Prison, Sun Baoming, blamed the conditions on poor prison administration. He said officials care more about using the prisoners to make money through labor than guarding and rehabilitating them.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Global Times

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