Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong said on June 16 that the amnesty during the celebration of the National Day (September 2) will be expanded for more prisoners, with some 28,000-30,000 prisoners set free more early than the sentenced time. This is the largest amnesty ever to be given to prisoners.
He made the statement during a meeting with leaders from some ministries and agencies to instruct on the implementation of the State President’s decision on the 2010 amnesty.
The year 2010 is seeing many political and cultural events of the country, including the celebration of 1,000 years of Thang Long – Hanoi and Party congresses at all levels to head the National Party Congress. Therefore, the number of prisoners enjoying the amnesty is increased.
Stressing that the 2010 amnesty continues to show the Party and State humanitarian policies on criminals and encourages them to become good citizens of the country, the Deputy Prime Minister asked relevant agencies to strictly, openly and transparently implement the State President’s decision on amnesty.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, since 1990, the State has given amnesty to some 115,000 prisoners. Although the number of prisoners receiving the amnesty is high, few of them have been reported to have recommitted crimes. In 2009, only 2% among 20,000 prisoners given amnesty recommitted crimes. On average, the figure is around 4%.
The State President’s decision on this year amnesty is expected to be announced by late August.