Questioning suspected offenders: The investigative interviewing process in the People’s Republic of China

Davies, Malcolm and Shen, Anqi (2010) Questioning suspected offenders: The investigative interviewing process in the People’s Republic of China. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 10 (3). pp. 243-259. ISSN 1748-8958

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1748895810370324

Abstract

Criminal confessions following the questioning of suspects by police and prosecuting investigators is a problem in the PRC in that some of these admissions of guilt result from the application of illegal methods of interviewing. The interview process is regulated by legislation and policy documents that in practice are frequently ignored; illegal pressures generate false confessions which have resulted in high profile cases of injustice. This article describes one such case. The article outlines the laws and regulations covering the interview of criminal suspects; explains why the regulations and law are often flouted; and considers proposals to promote the due process approach that exists primarily in documents at the moment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: China, confessions, investigations, reforms, suspects
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 15:15
Last Modified: 31 May 2018 15:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34425

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