Wang, JJ., Lin, TW. (2023). Life Imprisonment in Taiwan. In: van Zyl Smit, D., Appleton, C., Vucong, G. (eds) Life Imprisonment in Asia. Palgrave Advances in Criminology and Criminal Justice in Asia. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-4664-6_13
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According to the Criminal Code in Taiwan, there are five principal punishments. These are the death penalty, life imprisonment, imprisonment, short-term imprisonment and the fine. Those sentenced to life imprisonment may apply for parole after serving 25 years in prison. Recently, life imprisonment without parole (LWOP) has been suggested as an alternative to the death penalty. This chapter examines the legal framework of life imprisonment in Taiwan and places it in a broader context. It explores both the substantial and procedural criminal law relating to life imprisonment and then examines the practice. The chapter includes some basic information about prisoners serving life imprisonment in Taiwan. Finally, it examines contemporary developments and a recent controversial opinion of the Constitutional Court that may impact on the future form of life imprisonment in Taiwan.