|Inmates learn how to make clothing at a garrment workshop of the Hoang Tien prison in Hai Duong Province. More than 18,000 inmates in prisons and detention centres across Viet Nam are set to be released early. There are 34 foreign inmates among them. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan
HA NOI (VNS)— More than 18,000 inmates in prisons and detention centres across Viet Nam are set to be released early, with 34 foreign inmates among them.
The 70th anniversary of Viet Nam's National Day and the August Revolution would see prisoners, including those from Australia, Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand released early, said Gen. Le Quy Vuong, deputy minister of public security.
The amnesty policy comes from Viet Nam's humanitarian tradition. In the past the State has released many inmates who behaved well and showed remorse, said deputy head of the Presidential Office Giang Son yesterday. The State also helped them re-enter the community.
According to Son the spirit of the law lay in a mix between "punishment" and "forgiveness". The law aimed not just to punish criminals but also to encourage them to turn over a new leaf and contribute to the community as law-abiding citizens, he said.
The amnesty was issued with transparency and fairness and was also recognition of the inmates' efforts to reform themselves.
Statistics from the Ministry of Public Security showed more than 82 per cent of inmates who were released early in the last ten years successfully reintegrated into society and found jobs. Only 3.03 per cent re-offended, while statistics in recent years indicated the number was as low as one per cent.
The amnesty will officially take effect on August 31. Prisons and detention centres across the country were ordered to make preparations to ensure released inmates would return home in time for the National Day celebrations.
National Day marks the declaration of independence on September 2, 1945 by the late President Ho Chi Minh, founding father of the nation. — VNS