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Community corrections cutting crime

Shanghai’s recidivism rate of criminals who were in community correction in 2020 was 0.09 percent, significantly lower than the nation’s 0.2 percent, the city’s justice bureau said yesterday.

Seven districts in Shanghai achieved zero recidivism last year.

Among them, Xuhui District has had no offender from community correction recommitting crimes for eight consecutive years, the bureau said. Community correction targets criminals who are sentenced to public surveillance, given a reprieve, released on parole, or permitted to temporarily serve their sentences outside prison, according to China’s first law on community correction which took effect on July 1 last year.

The city’s justice authorities, including the High Court, Supreme Procuratorate, Public Security Bureau and Justice Bureau, jointly released the rules of implementation in August after the law took effect.

It became the first provincial-level implementation rule at a national level, providing  guarantees for effective community correction.

Shanghai has been piloting community corrections since August 2002 — ahead of the national program which started in 2003.

A total of 130,000 criminals have been released so far.

There are more than 8,600 people registered for community correction in Shanghai, and more than 13,000 have been passed in the past year.

Over 8,300 are on probation, over 230 temporarily placed outside prison, over 40 released on parole, and over 10 under control.

Full-time cadres, police officers, social workers and social volunteers are currently engaged in implementing the community corrections program.


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