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Margaret M. deGuzman and Diane Marie Amann

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190272654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190272654.001.0001

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Progress and Trend of the Reform of the Death Penalty in China

Progress and Trend of the Reform of the Death Penalty in China

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(p.137) 8 Progress and Trend of the Reform of the Death Penalty in China
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Arcs of Global Justice
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Zhao Bingzhi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190272654.003.0009

Death penalty reform is one of the most realistic major questions in the field of criminal law or even in the construction of rule of law in China. Basing itself on contemporary social, legal, and international contexts, Chinese death penalty reform pays equal attention to legislative reform and judicial reform, and stresses positive interactions between the change of public attitude and that of the legal system. Consequently, it has progressed quickly and made noticeable achievements. The overall developing trend of death penalty reform in China is to strictly limit and gradually reduce the use of the death penalty, with a view to finally abolishing the ultimate punishment. To achieve this goal, China should continue to impose strict restrictions on the scope of criminals eligible for the death penalty and reduce capital crimes, and use long-term imprisonments as an alternative to the ultimate punishment more actively than before.

Keywords:   death penalty, progress, alternative measure, trend, China

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