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Confessions and Criminal Case Disposition in China

Confessions and Criminal Case Disposition in China This research examines confessions and criminal case disposition in China. It describes how wider economic reforms in China and subsequent changes in its legal system may have affected the nature and consequence of criminal confessions. Bivariate and multivariate analyses of a sample of 1,009 criminal court cases reveal that the majority of offenders confessed to their crime and that confession is associated with less severe punishments (e.g., lower risks for imprisonment, shorter sentences). Changes in the nature of confession and its impact on criminal court practices are also examined before and after legal reforms in the mid‐1990s. These context‐specific findings are then discussed in terms of their implications for understanding the interrelationships between legal structure, legal culture, and case disposition in communitarian‐based societies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Law & Society Review Wiley

Confessions and Criminal Case Disposition in China

Law & Society Review , Volume 37 (3) – Sep 1, 2003

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2003 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0023-9216
eISSN
1540-5893
DOI
10.1111/1540-5893.3703003
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Abstract

This research examines confessions and criminal case disposition in China. It describes how wider economic reforms in China and subsequent changes in its legal system may have affected the nature and consequence of criminal confessions. Bivariate and multivariate analyses of a sample of 1,009 criminal court cases reveal that the majority of offenders confessed to their crime and that confession is associated with less severe punishments (e.g., lower risks for imprisonment, shorter sentences). Changes in the nature of confession and its impact on criminal court practices are also examined before and after legal reforms in the mid‐1990s. These context‐specific findings are then discussed in terms of their implications for understanding the interrelationships between legal structure, legal culture, and case disposition in communitarian‐based societies.

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Law & Society ReviewWiley

Published: Sep 1, 2003

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