A prison farm in Taiwan is proving an outstanding success in the rehabilitation of criminals, and making a contribution to the country's agriculture.
GV Prison in Taiwan
LV Prison PAN TO prisoners working in fields
MVs Prisoners working in fields (3 shots)
MV PAN prisoners tending cattle
MVs prisoners working with harvesting machinery (2 shots)
MVs Prisoners playing basketball (2 shots)
GV PAN Prisoners' dormitory
GV PAN Prisoners walking into building
MV Prisoners eating
GV Married prisoners' visiting quarters
MVs Prisoner with family (2 shots)
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Background: A prison farm in Taiwan is proving an outstanding success in the rehabilitation of criminals, and making a contribution to the country's agriculture.
SYNOPSIS: The prison is at Taitung, east of Taiwan. Here, the 160 convicts work eight hours a day cultivating such crops as sugar cane and mushrooms under the supervision of about twenty guards. As well as helping to teach them working skills, the system has helped the government reclaim wasteland by developing the 80 hectare (200 acre) farm.
The prisoners are given an incentive to behave. By obeying the rules they can shorten their prison terms. The most serious violators are transferred to other institutions, but authorities say only 10 transfers have been made in five years.
A mile from the farm is a community where the prisoners can stay with their relatives for one week each month. On weekends and holidays and in emergencies, home visiting permits are issued to some convicts. Of nearly seven hundred granted this leave, only two have not returned.
The farm system aims to make prisoners feel they are working in a society, and prepare them for life after their terms have been served.
They are paid 40 percent of the wages they earn... twice as much as in other institutions.