Source: (2011) Paper presented at ACS (Asian Criminological Society) 3rd Annual Conference â€“ Dec 2011 NTPU Taiwan.
When we say Xingshi Hejie (åˆ‘äº‹å’Œè§£)1, which could be translated as â€œvictimoffender reconciliationâ€ (VOR), we are talking about a conciliatory practice that was only recently implemented in China’s criminal legal system2 although, despite its recent appearance, it has very ancient roots. It is founded, basically, on a choice that the person accused of minor criminal offenses makes to enable a conciliatory procedure, with the consent of the judge and the prosecutor, in order to obtain a less severe punishment at the end of the judicial process.3 It is a procedure that allows the victim to receive and promotes the offenderâ€™s repentance, in fact very often the rules of Xingshi Hejie emphasize the formal apology from the offender to the victim and society, or his acts expressing repentance and contrition.4 (excerpt)
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