No one knows for sure how many criminals are executed in China. Amnesty International says the numbers are in the thousands.
I find it interesting that no one in the West has studied China to see if there is a link between the way China treats convicted criminals and a culture that has survived for several thousand years. I’m sure there are Americans who might not want to know the results.
The United States may not execute as many as China does, but the US locks up more people than any country—more than twice that of China, a country with almost five times the population.
In fact, The Economist published an interesting piece about America called Rough Justice.
The Economist says, “Conservatives and liberals will always feud about the right level of punishment.… As a result, American prisons are now packed not only with thugs and rapists but also with petty thieves, minor drug dealers and criminals, who, though scary when they were young and strong, are now too grey and arthritic to pose a threat. Some 200,000 inmates are over 50—roughly as many as there were prisoners of all ages in 1970.”
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