April 28, 1960; June 19, 1995
Life (Served 19 years), 15 years (Served 66 days)
Counterrevolutionary Rightist, stealing state secrets
“Spreading poison” during the Hundred Flowers Campaign, investigating China's Laogai system.
Harry Wu spent nineteen years in the Laogai, including 11 days inside a solitary confinement cell six feet long, three feet wide, and three feet high. He described, "For the first three days I had no food, no water and no human contact. There was no toilet, so I could turn to no one else for help but myself."
After his release from the Laogai, Wu founded the Laogai Research Foundation in 1992. In 1995, Wu was re-arrested during an undercover research trip and sentenced to fifteen years in prison.