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Criminal Justice

Dialogue – Issue 50: China’s State Security Trials Suggest Ethnic Discrimination

“The most fundamental feature of China’s ethnic policy is equality.” —Chinese delegation, 2009 Universal Periodic Review   Source: RFA With a level of transparency not afforded by other jurisdictions, the high court of the...

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Dialogue – Issue 48: Life Without the Possibility of Parole in the US & China

On June 25, 2012, the US Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional the mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) for crimes committed by juveniles. The decision is a partial victory for children’s...

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Dialogue – Issue 48: Looking Back at China’s LWOP Debate

Legal experts gathered at Beijing Normal University in 2008 as part of a forum series on promoting death penalty reform. During a forum on alternatives to capital punishment, one of the topics raised was...

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Dialogue – Issue 48: Solitary Confinement in the US & China

On June 19, 2012, the Senate Judiciary Committee held the first-ever congressional hearing on solitary confinement in the United States. Testimonies made during the hearing—by a prison administrator, psychologist, lawyer, and former prisoner—all articulated...

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Dialogue – Issue 47: Gu Kailai Could Serve Just 9 Years in Prison

SAN FRANCISCO (August 19, 2012) — Gu Kailai, wife of ousted Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai, was sentenced to death with two-year reprieve for her role in the death of Neil Heywood, but her...

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Dialogue – Issue 47: Diminishing Returns: Aging in Prison

Men play chess inside the “elderly” prisoner cell block of Henan No. 3 Prison. Photo Credit: Pan Xiaoling, Southern Weekly It’s an old problem and a new one. The United States and China are...

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Dialogue – Issue 47: China and Norway: Renewing Dialogue with Preventive Detention

2012 marks the 15th anniversary of the Sino-Norwegian Human Rights Dialogue, which created a forum for individual cases to be raised and field visits to be conducted. The dialogue was suspended in 2011 following...

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Dialogue – Issue 47: Ching Cheong: Journalist, Prisoner, Activist

As a Hong Kong native and chief China correspondent for Singapore’s Straits Times, Ching Cheong (程翔) was taken into custody by Chinese authorities in Shenzhen on April 21, 2005. Ching stayed in custody for...

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Dialogue – Issue 45: Separate and Unequal

CPL Revision and the Treatment of Political Prisoners in China’s Dual-track Justice System Sometimes referred to as the “second constitution,” China’s Criminal Procedure Law will soon undergo significant changes in a number of key...

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Dialogue – Issue 45: Confession: The Price of Freedom

The US and China have a lot in common: they draw international criticism for their prison systems, and they place undue burden on prisoners who refuse to confess. With systems for parole and sentence...

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