Capital punishment in Taiwan

Instituting Death Penalty for Drunk Driving Is an Attempt by Tsai Administration to Shore up Popularity

Premier Su Tseng-chang approving the death penalty for cases of drunk driving represents all too typical behavior from Taiwanese politicians regarding attempts to deter crime through legal punishment. Namely, it is often thought by many members of the public in Taiwan that increasing penalties-is the best means of preventing violent crime. This is inclusive of drunk driving... Read More

Tsai Administration Carries Out Politically-Motivated Use Of Capital Punishment

Make no mistake: The execution of a 39-year-old man in Kaohsiung last Friday is a political killing. In all probability, the Tsai administration went ahead with the execution as a way to score political points for the DPP in the lead-up to 2018 local elections and in order to counter criticisms that it has been lax on violent crime... Read More

Cheng Release Is A Victory, But Points To Continued Need For Judicial Reform

The release of former death row inmate Cheng Hsing-Tse should be celebrated as a victory for the legal advocates and activists that have fought for his release for decades. However, what the case continues to raise is how dystopian the Taiwanese legal system can be at times, seeing as Cheng served ten years on death row and was imprisoned for a total of 14 years on inconclusive evidence... Read More