China’s Ministry of Justice is set to temporarily relieve 1,300 inmates from around 300 prisons across the country for family gatherings during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday, coming up on Friday.
It says this is part of a recent initiative by the ministry to renew the holiday release mechanism that was suspended in recent years by most prisons due to high risks and other reasons.
Prisons with better qualities as trial spots for the program were selected. The notice also required strict scrutiny of the inmates’ performances in prison and improve the approval and supervision of such holiday releases.
The Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year.
The date of celebration varies every year.
According to the 12-year cycle, 2018 is an “Earth Dog Year”.
Culled from: Premium Times