Beijing prison authority launches inaugural ‘Political Reform Day’

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/4/15 17:58:40

Female prisoners in Beijing prepare to leave prison after having their sentences commuted. Photo: CFP

The Beijing Municipal Prison Administration (BMPA) launched the first "Political Reform Day" activity recently, organizing prisoners to watch news on TV, attend flag-raising ceremonies, sing revolutionary songs and undergo anti-gang crime education. 

According to a release from the website of BMPA, the first Saturday of each month has been designated as the "Political Reform Day" when prisons would organize education on socialism with Chinese characteristics, the history of the Communist Party of China and the country, the law and core socialist values. 

The courses aim to strengthen patriotic education, collectivism and national unity among prisoners.

Prisoners are also organized to watch news and live TV broadcasts of major national political events, and receive in-depth education on current affairs and policies. 

National flag raising ceremonies, patriotic songs and revolutionary classics are seen as being useful to cultivating prisoners' sense of identity with Chinese culture, according to BMPA.

BMPA will also carry out education on cracking down on gangs and crimes, focus on ideological study, and organize prisoners to share their thoughts so as to guide them to improve their ideological awareness and enhance their motivation to reform.

Prisons organized events such as keynote speeches, newspaper reading sessions and pledges to learn from and salute heroes such as the firefighting martyrs in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Southwest China's Sichuan Province and the Chinese People's Volunteer Army.

These educational activities are novel in form and substantial in content, and are well received by prisoners, according to the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice (BMBJ).

A variety of informative activities were held on Political Reform Day, which attracted prisoners' interest and contributed to political reform and education, according to the release by BMBJ.

Global Times

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