Int'l inmate transfer law passed, paving way for repatriations
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Foreigners imprisoned in Taiwan can now seek to be repatriated and continue their prison terms back in their own countries, according to a newly passed law.
January 5, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Lawmakers yesterday passed the third reading of the cross-country inmate transfer bill, which will also cover people from China, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Taiwan citizens seeking to transfer from foreign prisons back to Taiwan.
Inmates who have more than one year left in their prison terms and whose crimes are also punishable in their own countries may apply to finish their imprisonment back home.
According to lawmakers, the law seeks to ease extra hardship that inmates may endure because of cultural differences and language barriers. It is also difficult for families to pay visits.
Under such circumstances, the correctional purposes of imprisonment cannot be fulfilled and inmates may find it difficult to return to normal life after release, the lawmakers said.
Such a transfer will need the agreement by all three parties involved: the Taiwan government, the inmate and the foreign authorities.
The United Evening News said that more than 1,000 Chinese residents currently imprisoned in Taiwan may be eligible for such transfers.