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08.08.2012 12:30

Inside the Walls of a Detention Center

A lawyer attempts to provide effective pre-trial legal assistance to a client known only as a muffled silhouette
By Zhang Yansheng

As a professional criminal defense lawyer, I have been to detention centers everywhere. They are of course all different, but at a recent visit with an inmate, we were separated by pane of frosted glass.

Because I had come all the way from Beijing, the pre-trial official of the Public Security Bureau at Foshan City, Guangdong Province was very straightforward and agreed to "accompany" me to the meeting the following day.

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