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The book ‘Back from the Dead,’ written by a legal scholar who is also a novelist, reflects on wrongful convictions and changing views of the death penalty in China

H
e Jiahong, who studied law to impress a girl's parents after the Cultural Revolution – a time, he says, when "there was no law," – has written numerous crime fictions that tell stories of miscarriages of justice. His latest book explores how recently, "more and more people in China think the death penalty is not natural," with both government and the public favoring restraint in the practice.
6 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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