As many as 177 prisoners in Hanoi will enjoy clemency or be released before their sentence is complete ahead of the 40 th anniversary of the Liberation of South Vietnam and National Reunification and May Day, the city’s authorities announced on April 27.

According to Senior Lieutenant Colonel Pham Van Han, Vice Warden of the Prison No. 2, 10 prisoners who have behaved well and are rehabilitated will be set free, while 17 others will have their imprisonment reduced by up to 8 months.

Nguyen Quang Duy, a prisoner who was arrested in June 2013 for causing social disorder and received 24 months imprisonment, said he is moved as he will be allowed to return home soon.

The clemency policy is designed to encourage prisoners to reform themselves so that they can return to society sooner than scheduled.-VNA