11.10.2008

Figure for prison inmates

Yesterday, deputy minister of Justice Zhang Sujun took part to the Symposium on criminal justice developments during 30 years of opening up and reform (改革开放30年刑事法治发展高层论坛). He afterwards released a statement the Xinjingbao reported as follows:

[...]目前全国监狱承担着160万左右罪犯[...]

The above figure seems to refer to the number of people held in prisons (监狱), and hence excludes laojiao inmates as well as those detained under other forms of administrative detention.

My take on this figure:

if by 全国监狱 it is meant 监狱系统 rather than 监狱劳教系统 etc., then the figure is reliable (link sent to me by O. Malmgren). Otherwise, either the number of inmates has sharply dropped, or the figures published by other official sources are just random.