Home For The Holidays, From Prison

Spring Festival is the most important holiday for Chinese people, but for those behind bars in prison, going home for the New Year is unthinkable. This year, however, some lucky inmates in Shanghai jails got a rare chance to visit home, thanks to the ministry of justice’s pilot program.



Zhou Quan has been in Shanghai’s Beixinjing prison for four years. Previously, he was a successful entrepreneur, but he succumbed to greed and was sentenced to six years and six months in prison, leaving his parents and a young daughter to be cared for by his wife.



In the spring of 2018, he was allowed to go home and visit his family for the holidays. Our journalist chronicled the reunion, four years in the making.


This year, a total of 999 inmates were allowed to reunite with their families during the Spring Festival. While it’s true that they must pay for their mistakes, the influence of family and society can help them travel their road to rehabilitation more smoothly. It is all part of a new concept of crime and punishment.



Editor: Zoey Zou