Capital punishment in China can be imposed on crimes against national symbols and treasures, such as theft of cultural relics and (before 1997) the killing of giant pandas. Executions under the pretense of political crimes are extremely rare and confined to persons involved in violence or the threat of violence.
Why is the death penalty being used?
Most death penalty cases involve the execution of murderers although capital punishment can also be applied for treason, espionage, and other crimes. Proponents of the death penalty say it is an important tool for preserving law and order, deters crime, and costs less than life imprisonment.
How many death penalty are there in China?
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. In Mainland China, there are 46 criminal offenses eligible for the death penalty.
How does death row work?
Death row, also known as condemned row, is a place in a prison that houses inmates awaiting execution after being convicted of a capital crime. If the jury agrees on death, the defendant will remain on death row during appeal and habeas corpus procedures, which may continue for several years.
What happens if someone is wrongly executed?
Wrongful execution is a miscarriage of justice occurring when an innocent person is put to death by capital punishment. Others have been released on the basis of weak cases against them, sometimes involving prosecutorial misconduct; resulting in acquittal at retrial, charges dropped, or innocence-based pardons.