Forensic Error: Evidential Impacts of China’s Strike Hard PolicyNa Jiang*
Associate Professor of Law, Beijing Normal University (BNU), China
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- Na Jiang
Associate Professor of Law
Beijing Normal University (BNU), China
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Received Date: October 12, 2015; Accepted Date: October 17, 2015; Published Date: October 29, 2015
Citation: Jiang N (2015) Forensic Error: Evidential Impacts of China’s Strike Hard Policy. J Civil Legal Sci 4:157. doi:10.4172/2169-0170.1000157
Copyright: © 2015 Jiang N. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
China’s Strike Hard Policy, a radical approach to fighting crime generally in effect from 1983 to 2005, produced significantly more wrongful convictions, including those resulting from forensic error. This conclusion is based on data that were collected from experiments conducted with 394 questionnaires and 100 judges in 4 sample cities, just before and after the SHP was replaced with a balanced policy in late 2005. Surveys to elicit the traits of forensic identification were used, as well as the exogenous imposition of the SHP to identify its evidential impacts, combined with new policy effects. The 2005 reform towards balancing leniency and severity is also essentially inadequate to prevent forensic errors.