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The Death Penalty In ChinaPolicy, Practice, and Reform$
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Bin Liang and Hong Lu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170079

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170079.001.0001

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The Abolitionist and Retentionist Debate

The Abolitionist and Retentionist Debate

(p.156) 6 The Abolitionist and Retentionist Debate
The Death Penalty In China

Zhigang Yu

Charlotte Hu

Columbia University Press

This chapter reviews China’s domestic debate over abolition of the death penalty. Instead of trying to end the death penalty practice immediately, Chinese scholars seemingly reached a consensus that abolition is a long-term goal but retention is necessary at this stage given China’s current situation.

Keywords:   death penalty debate, impact of the international abolitionist movement, normative value debate, criminal justice policy debate, influence of individual cases, public opinion

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