Shaming a family. Sometimes, a prisoner's entire family is ostracized by the community. A family can be shamed as a whole based on the acts of one person. Sometimes, entire families are punished.
Suspicious deaths. Many inmates reportedly die under suspicious circumstances. However, prison officials are rarely investigated. A prisoner's life can be considered expendable.
Gold mining. The work done by inmates at forced labor camps can be highly profitable. Inmates make everything from wigs to Christmas lights. The labor is cheap and the conditions are terrible.
Malnourished. The food in Chinese prisons is reportedly low in nutrients. Prisoners are underfed and often malnourished. The meals often lack sufficient protein to provide sustenance.
Reeducation through labor. The majority of the forced labor camps in China were established under the Maoist regime. The concept that a dissident could be reeducated through work was established. Some prisoners were sent to camps after being accused of thought crimes.
Amnesty International. Amnesty International has called for prison reform in China. Other organizations, such as Human Rights Watch, have also brought accusations of inhumane conditions against Chinese prisons. Officials have by and large denied the allegations.
Zheng's silence. Zheng thought he could save himself by pretending to be mute. Of course, he has now condemned himself to a life of silence. As a convicted murderer, Zheng will likely be executed in prison.