The role of capital punishment

The interior of Changi Prison. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN
The interior of Changi Prison. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

This is a special Straits Times resource for junior college and pre-university students, as part of The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz outreach.

This week, The Big Quiz looks at issues surrounding crime and punishment, specifically capital punishment. 

Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty or the legal authorised killing of someone as punishment for a serious crime, is legal in 53 countries, and Singapore is one of them. However, more countries now are abolishing the death penalty on the grounds of it being inhumane. This difference in view has caused dissension between the two sides.

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