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A Corrected Correctional Facility

A prisoners’ orchestra rehearses in the music hall at Chuanbei Prison under the watch of a guard. The band practices five hours a day in order to be ready to perform on short notice. Photo: Liang Yingfei
A prisoners’ orchestra rehearses in the music hall at Chuanbei Prison under the watch of a guard. The band practices five hours a day in order to be ready to perform on short notice. Photo: Liang Yingfei

If it weren’t for the high walls and the white-and-blue-striped shirts the inmates wear, you could be forgiven for thinking the new Chuanbei Prison is a school.

Dormitories, workshops, classrooms and even a music hall and a recreation center have been built around a soccer field that is in the center of the complex.

The new prison, just outside Mianyang in the southwestern province of Sichuan, is a far cry from its past as a correction-through-labor camp in its previous location.

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