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China organizes prison tours for officials

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China’s ruling Communist Party has organized prison tours for government officials to encourage public servants to avoid unlawful activities.

China Daily reported that the party’s top anti-graft body, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, has organized the nationwide tours so cadres would “be aware of wrongdoings involving corruption.”

The newspaper added that more than 70 officials and their spouses in central China’s Hubei province had spent one day in prison this month visiting inmates, which included former colleagues.

Some Chinese internet users have applauded the program as an “educational warning,” while others have mocked the prison tours calling them “silly,” the report said.

The country’s ruling party has promised to fight corruption, and several former senior figures have been placed under investigation and/or jailed in recent years.

Crime rate remains low in China by international standards, and Chinese cities are among the safest in the world.

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