Convicts in Beijing prisons and juvenile correction centers can now find real-time information on their rewards and penalties, which can dictate the length of time they serve, thanks to new technology.
Using large touch-screen computers placed in selected pilot facilities in August, inmates can check on changes to the lengths of their sentences.
Eight prisons and correctional centers in Beijing have installed the system, with the screen next to the entry door of each section, according to the capital's prison administration.
Offenders can look up their sentence information after typing their names and passwords, which protects their privacy, said Teng Li, deputy director of information technology for the administration.
People serving sentences can also search news or television shows via the system, she said.
Zhu Guanghua, spokesman for the Beijing Juvenile Correction Center, one of the eight pilot facilities, said use of the system is voluntary because the aim is to provide convenience to the inmates and protect their rights.
"We still publish the situation of each convict's sentence every month on a blackboard, although the new system has been used," he added.
Two inmates at the center, Li Ming and Wang Lin, said they had used the device, but preferred to play soccer or basketball.
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