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China's infamous death penalty record is the product of firm Party-state control and policy-setting. Although during the 1980s and 1990s the Party's emphasis was on "kill many," in the 2000s the direction of policy began to move toward "kill fewer." The Supreme People's Court has served as an increasingly powerful counterweight in recent years, contributing to the mollification of Party policy. This book details the policies, institutions, and story behind the reform of the death penalty over the last three decades.
About the Author
Table of Contents
List of Tables vii
Introduction: The Death Penalty Story 1
1 Killing Many and Killing Fewer 15
2 Deciding Guilt 49
3 Sentencing to Death 79
4 Choosing Life over Death 115
5 The Turning Point 143
6 Shifting Narratives of State Killing 171
7 Soft-Pedaling Harsh Punishment 195
Glossary of Legal and Politico-Legal Terms 239