Taiwan: 11,000 Prisoners Freed
Below is an article published by the International Herald Tribune:
Those freed had served at least half of their prison terms, meeting requirements for the clemency act signed by President Chen Shui-bian, said Vice Interior Minister Lee Chin-yung.
"This is the first clemency of its kind in 16 years, and we hope the prisoners can behave and not commit crimes again," Lee said.
Of the 11,000 people freed, nearly half had been jailed for drug-related crimes, followed by those convicted of theft and fraud, Lee said. They were met by their relatives at jails across
Taiwanese jails had held 65,000 people, well over their capacity.
Health officials said they would keep track of released drug addicts to ensure they continued to receive medical treatment.