Watchmen Must Learn to Watch Themselves

From Global Times:

As a legal supervising organization, how can a procuratorate itself be supervised? What kind of management reforms need to be undertaken within the emerging social context? The following is an online conversation between netizens of People’s Daily Online (PO) and Mu Ping (Mu), chief prosecutor of Beijing People’s Procuratorate (BPP).

[…] PO: Currently, what are the difficulties in ensuring social stability? What kind of practical and effective measures have you taken?

Mu: The emerging social context has entailed some changes in our work. For instance, when dealing with penal crimes, we do not simply emphasize severe crackdowns, but practice the new penal policy of seeking a balance between severity and lenience.

In other words, while insisting on heavy-handed crackdowns on severe penal crimes, we also need to adopt light punishments for some less severe crimes.

Moreover, when dealing with specific cases, we not only act strictly according to the law, but also practice mildness, rationality and politeness.

We’ve been stressing severe crackdowns, and thus have accumulated experience in this respect. However, now our ordinary procuratorial personnel need to pay more attention to adopting light and moderate punishments. This is a new requirement for them.

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