Towards the Lenient Justice? A Rise of ‘Harmonious’ Penality in Contemporary China

Li, Enshen (2015) Towards the Lenient Justice? A Rise of ‘Harmonious’ Penality in Contemporary China. Asian Journal of Criminology, 10 4: 307-323. doi:10.1007/s11417-015-9214-1


Author Li, Enshen
Title Towards the Lenient Justice? A Rise of ‘Harmonious’ Penality in Contemporary China
Journal name Asian Journal of Criminology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1871-014X
1871-0131
Publication date 2015-04-11
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11417-015-9214-1
Volume 10
Issue 4
Start page 307
End page 323
Total pages 17
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Subject 3308 Law
Abstract Punishment in China has long been considered to be punitive; however, changes in Chinese criminal justice and penal policy since the early 2000s may reflect a move towards leniency. This is perhaps most evident in a new criminal justice policy of ‘Balancing Leniency and Harshness’ in the context of building a ‘socialist harmonious society’. This paper discusses the recent shifts in policy and practice in China’s minor case disposition system over the last decade. It focuses on de-criminalization and de-incarceration—the criminal justice strategies that state agencies have adopted to deal with minor offenders—to explain why and how a more lenient approach has arisen in the contemporary era and offers a critical examination of these two penal perspectives.
Keyword Penal leniency
Balancing leniency and harshness
Harmonious society
Minor crime
Community corrections
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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