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After due consideration, I think that the life without parole scenario is of merit. However to make it work it needs to be coupled with other measures. Corruption is very difficult to root out and it requires whistleblowers and a major change of "culture". Encouraging whistleblowers to come forward and report corrupt actions frequently means offering incentives such as immunity from prosecution or even financial rewards as the case may be.|
I'd propose a graduated system of penalties depending on the level of corruption. Something like this.
1st-time petty corruption: Demotion to the bottom rank and a 2 fine equal to 2 years pay.
2nd-time petty corruption: 10 years with no parole. Family assets stripped and all monies forfeited to the state.
Major corruption 100,000 to 3 million RMB. Life without parole. Family assets (housing, cars, bank) forfeited to the state, unless the wife can demonstrate she paid for goods etc.
Major corruption 3 Million RMB plus or major acts of corruption (as defined by law). Execution after a several year period. All assets in the family forfeited to the state.
Why forfeit all assets? I hear you ask. Major corruption exists in all countries and one of the age-old methods of hiding the bribes and stolen money is to funnel it in to your wife, children and parents names via either gifts or the purchase of property, jewellery, cars clothes etc. Every major purchase during the period of corruption needs to be examined by a team of forensic accountants.
Business people and others who attempt to bribe officials should be treated the same way, as I said at the start, only by changing the culture that allows corruption to breed can it be eliminated, or at least minimised.
One final note, I know some will object to the execution of those found guilty of major corruption, however, to be fair, loosing your life is the ultimate penalty and corruption costs everyone in society money. A corrupt person who suffers from a guilty conscience and offers themselves up, eg walks in to a police station and admits to corrupt activity before an investigation is initiated should never be executed. Assets removed as appropriate and fired but unless the offences caused the death of others (directly or indirectly) then gaol for a shorter sentence and parole should be given.