Planet China

Prison blues

Most people are pretty happy when they are released from prison. Not Fu Daxin, a 73 year-old from Hunan province. Four years ago Fu committed robbery with the express purpose of being sent to jail. The reason? Fu was physically incapacitated and didn’t have enough to live on. So he figured life would be better in prison, where he’d be fed. That being the case, his trial proved interesting. At his sentencing Fu protested to the judge that his jail term was “too light” and asked to be put away for life, reports the China Economic Weekly.

Fu also seems to have enjoyed his jail time, eating meat for the first time in years and putting on 5kg in weight. “In prison there is bread and porridge, no labour and there are doctors when you get sick,” he told the newspaper. So he was extremely upset when he was let out early (presumably for some of the best behaviour a jail has ever seen). Fu has now been admitted to a nursing home in Henyang City where he complains about the appalling conditions and terrible food. “Life here is worse than in prison,” he laments.


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