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In China, prison tours a warning for senior officials

Published on Aug 12, 2014 9:29 PM

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - China's prisons aren't just for criminals anymore. A longstanding anti-corruption campaign has used China's correctional facilities to warn officials, senior managers of state-owed enterprises, and their families of the dangers of corruption and abuse of power.

In a recent example, some 200 senior officials from the country's top economic planning body were given an up-close view of life behind bars, the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) revealed last week.

The officials, of the National Development and Reform Committee of China, were selected for holding "high-risk" positions, meaning they are more likely to be tempted to go astray.

The officials were shown life in two prisons, one in Beijing and the other in Hebei province. The visitors heard stories from ex-officials who are now incarcerated, many of whom explained how they went wrong and the suffering they caused their families.

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