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The China JournalOf the spate of books on crime and law in China which have appeared in recent years, this edited volume is far and away the best. It combines wonderfully informed theoretical analyses of contemporary Chinese criminal justice with remarkable, well-grounded, empirical data about its day-to-day operation. A collection of essays by the leading academics in the field, it offers unmatched observation of, and insight into, the Chinese system. . . . The book does something long overdue in modern China studies, which is to transcend the 'area studies' genre and set China's experience of crime, policing and punishment in an international, comparative context. . . . What this book captures in all its wonderfully nuanced detail is the specificity—and sometimes the pathology—of the mix which currently makes up 'criminal justice with Chinese characteristics.'
— Carol A. G. Jones, University of Glamorgan