Reform Raises Bar for Prison Businesses

From Caijing Magazine:

will begin a nationwide reform project that strips all business functions from prison management, corrections officials announced June 25.

Under the new program, the state will cover all prison costs while all profits from prison enterprises will go into bank accounts carefully scrutinized by the state.

The reform stems from successful pilot programs adopted by 14 since 2003 and signals an overhaul for China’s problem-ridden prison system.

For decades, prisons have functioned as enterprises that covered rising costs by taking on , and manufacturing projects. While prisons assumed dual roles – jail inside, outside – prison chiefs functioned as both officers and CEOs.

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