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September 16, 2009

"Why Did China Reform It’s Death Penalty?"

The title of this post is the title of this interesting new paper by Kandis Scott that I just discovered on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:
China recently reformed its death penalty procedures, and as a result the government has executed fewer prisoners.  The author explores possible explanations for and policy concerns behind this change and evaluates their implications for the future of the death penalty in China.  The influences for the change include international forces and domestic factors, such as academic criticism, the media, changed circumstances in society, compassion, and politics.  Although hardly transparent, the underlying motivations for the revisions suggest that China eventually may abolish capital punishment, perhaps before the United States does so. However, recent signals indicate that officials may be ending the 'lenient' period, suggesting that the reforms may mean much less than thought initially.

September 16, 2009 at 09:13 AM | Permalink


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I like this bit, I thought of Reinhardt, and also Real.

"This influence is especially potent because judges who are prone to reversal may be punished criminally."

Posted by: . | Sep 16, 2009 9:39:13 AM

Not to be a pedant, but when there's a glaring grammatical mistake in the title of a paper, it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in the substance.

Posted by: anonymous | Sep 16, 2009 10:39:16 AM

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