China’s community corrections: an actuarial model of punishment

Li, Enshen (2015) China’s community corrections: an actuarial model of punishment. Crime, Law and Social Change, 64 1: 1-22. doi:10.1007/s10611-015-9574-6

Author Li, Enshen
Title China’s community corrections: an actuarial model of punishment
Journal name Crime, Law and Social Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-0751
Publication date 2015-08-20
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10611-015-9574-6
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 64
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This article examines the emergence and configuration of community corrections in China. It argues that the adoption of this new sanction is a result of China’s recent rhetorical shift in penality from harshness and punishment towards leniency and rehabilitation. Nevertheless, based on a study of community corrections in Shanghai, the practice of this sanction manifests strong evidence of actuarial justice in its form and function. The findings from this study show that community corrections are used in practice as a managerial tool to identify, classify and regulate offenders to control dangerousness they may present, and to facilitate the implementation of correctional programs. This actuarial model of practice is represented by the risk-driven, differentiated approaches in the exercise of community corrections and the cost-saving aim of handling offenders in the neighbourhood.
Keyword Chinese communities
Community corrections
Actuarial model
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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TC Beirne School of Law Publications
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