Vietnam grants amnesty to 17,000 prisoners

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More than 17,000 prisoners will be released later this month in an amnesty program to mark Vietnam's National Day September 2, the government said Friday.

Thirty national security offenders and 27 foreigners will be among those released.

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong said the decision to grant amnesty to each of the prisoners was taken after careful consideration.

He noted that the number of pardoned prisoners relapsing into crime was very low, with the average recidivism rate in recent years recorded at 1.97 percent.

Vietnam typically grants amnesty to prisoners on major national holidays, including the Lunar New Year (Tet) and Reunification Day.

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