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      The Han Dynasty believed in the value of human life. We can see this from discussions about sentences handed out to crinials. In one case that was found someon had stolen the grave marker from the family grave of an imperial concubine. The concubine wished that the theif be put to death for stealing the grave marker. But the offical ordered that he be punished according to the law.

     During the rule of Xuan Di, Lu Wenshu sugested that criminal punishment should be lighter. It was also argued that the law should try to preserve life. It was also argued that jailers should stop using tortures to force confesions.