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Corruption Crackdown Nets Two Dozen Senior Prison Officials

China's opaque prison system has been under scrutiny following several scandals in which top prison officials were found to have taken money in return for helping inmates.  Photo: VCG
China's opaque prison system has been under scrutiny following several scandals in which top prison officials were found to have taken money in return for helping inmates. Photo: VCG

At least 25 senior officials overseeing China’s prison system have fallen from grace over abuse of power linked to commutations, medical paroles and supervised detentions since President Xi Jinping launched an anti-corruption drive six years ago.

Wang Wei, the head of prison administration in the northern province of Shanxi, is under investigation for serious violations of party discipline, according to a notice released last week by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), the ruling Communist Party’s top anti-graft agency.

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