SPC Relaxes Death Sentence Rules – Xie Chuanjiao

From China Daily:

The Supreme People’s Court () on Thursday relaxed its rules on imposing death sentences, while reiterating its stance of preserving capital punishment.

“All criminals that can be sentenced without the need for immediate execution should be given a death sentence with a two-year reprieve,” a SPC document on improving criminal trials said.

“Death sentences with a reprieve can not only punish the guilty but effectively reduce death sentences.”

In certain cases, after two years of good behavior a verdict of death can be commuted to life in prison, or sentences of 15 or 20 years, if restitution is made. [Full Text]


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