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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

4 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
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.
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the publication's newsletter, app and website.
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