Chinese Prisons

So, those of you that know me, know that I am always sticking my nose in things and trying to find out more about my adopted country. The one thing I never really talked about is the Chinese underground world, gangsters, drugs and prisons.   Now since I am not involved in any of these things.. it is kind of hard to find out what happens or what goes on.  It also isn’t the safest thing to try to research.  However, since I have been dating my newly reformed boyfriend, Jet, (who is an orphan and was at one time emerged in the depths of this world) I have been introduced to the things that happened in the underground world of China.


No.. I am still not involved but he has told me many things that he has experienced in his past and boy… China has a whole other world that people don’t know about. It isn’t pretty either.  It seems if you are not lucky enough to have to parents that pay your way through school and university; you will be stuck on your own to fend for yourself.   The only way to survive is to join the secret world in China.

There are mafias, gangs, money laundering, prostitution, drugs…. everything …. and it is some scary stuff.   But I think the most interesting part of all of it… is how Chinese prisons work. If you get caught you go directly to jail, do not pass go and do not collect $200.

It seems that when you get sent to prison there are two options, death by firing squad or extreme manual labor. They don’t play around in the prisons over here.  There is no one sitting on death row for years and years and there are no free rides.  If you get sentenced to death, that pretty much means within the next couple of days you are going to die.

There was even an article about the parents of a young man who finally got restitution after five years of waiting because their son was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t do.  It was proven months after the fact but they didn’t get any money until 5 years later.  It was like …”oooppppsss… my bad” and just gave them 2 million rmb.

If you do a serious crime in China there are no second chances, that is it.. buddy.

The not so dangerous criminals are forced to work hard labor and do military drills from morning to sunset every day for the duration of their time.   They are also forced to watch the executions of those that had committed harsher crimes. They do let people go on good behavior if you follow the rules and do what your told.  I think the fact that you can bribe the guards with money to get better conditions is pretty bad and even bribe the cooks with cigarettes and money to get better food.download1

I know it sounds kind of cruel, but they don’t have over crowded prisons and people will do their best not to go back if they get out.

Maybe I have been in China too long or maybe I have changed my view of things since seeing all the crap going on in the states with the killing and shooting and bombing of things, but I don’t think this way is so bad.  I think their version of re-education works and they don’t get a lot of repeat offenders.  There are no high costs of taking care of inmates and people pretty much keep their noses clean.


I found out a lot of interesting things about China’s underground world and I think the most important thing I learned was to stay far, far away from it.  That is serious shit and not something anyone should ever be involved in. So, for those of you that come to China looking for a little weed, or any other illegal drug, don’t be stupid.  They do not play over here, leave that mess at home.  There is no such thing as a slap on the wrist over here.  You get sent to jail there is no telling what can happen to you.


until next time……

15 thoughts on “Chinese Prisons

  1. This is really interesting, thanks for sharing it. The secret underground world of China is something I wonder about from time to time, but as you said, It’s really not something we should get involved with. I’m really ok to just not know.

  2. Creolequeen

    whoa…i heard a lot about China underground…and I am scared to even visit China……consider yourself lucky..because China is still brutal, this has been since their ancient royal bloodlines…Back then the kings were beheading people if they were disrespectful or look at them. Its wild, their eyes are always watching….

  3. jerry mallett

    Yes I thank you for giving me an up date on China in that way of the under world and etc,,,,,,i knew that there was something behind it,,,but any way iam coming over to China in a few to date a pretty chinese girl,and looking to get married,and she knows that iam 59 yrs of age,and she knows that i can bring a grub steak to the table,,,,but lots of chineses men are a little envest about the american black man,when i was over there 2 yrs ago,i notice that…

          1. jerry mallett

            I didn’t mean to to be offensive, please for give me for that….Iam very thankful,that you are giving me a heads up……

  4. Susan C

    You have been living there too long Jo. Think of all the innocent people who were executed, there are no do-overs. What is wrong with taking time to investigate and then if found out for sure they are guilty to then carry out the execution. You gave the perfect example of that innocent young man whose family had to endure all that agony. Yes the US has lots of problems but it also has lots of people trying to change the system and that takes time. It seems China does not allow for change and that is an injustice in itself. As for people who come to China and break the law, then they deserve what they get.

    1. I didnt say the system was perfect.. but I do think what we are doing isnt working either… people arent afraid to go to prison or jail in our country… I think my thinking hasnt been warped.. actually I think… it has matured…. anyway thanks for the comment.

      1. Kendra

        I wouldn’t say people aren’t afraid to go to prison. Plenty of people are afraid especially to lose their right to vote and have access to public assistance programs since they may not qualify for many jobs after serving their time. And then there are payments after serving prison time. It’s very easy for people to cycle back into the system simply due to poverty. Certainly people are afraid to be accused of crimes or receive unfair sentencing for crimes they have committed, sometimes out of necessity (poverty) or b/c they didn’t know any better. As I’m sure is the case in China some people can get off easily for being rich or privileged, and some are not quite as lucky. I don’t think that people are so expendable that we should think execution a favorable punishment. The prison overpopulation or higher investment in prisons in the US is for economic reasons. Prisons produce a lot of goods that we commonly find in office buildings, schools, cars, etc. So each prisoner may be a burden on tax payers but is a potential boon to private companies. It’s no mistake that in California, for instance, one university has been created and over 15 prisons since the 1980’s. Financial investment in prisons has gone up and investment in education has gone down. So with less opportunities to access affordable education you would expect more people to take up illegal trades to make a living. Anyway, my main point is that I don’t think we have a prison overpopulation problem b/c more people are committing crimes or even violent crimes. In fact violent crime rates have been decreasing over time. The prison system demands that more beds be filled. You’ll find a similar story where in Maryland they are investing in a new juvenile detention center. I guess that’s better than a school lol.

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