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How strong is public support for the death penalty in Singapore?
is well known internationally for its uncompromising stance towards law and
order and its use of the death penalty in particular for murder and drug
trafficking. Until 2012, it was one of the few countries in the world where
the death penalty was mandatory for persons convicted of these two crimes.
The law was amended in 2012 to give a judge the choice to impose the death
penalty or life imprisonment (with caning) for non-intentional murder and
drug trafficking in some situations. What do Singaporeans think of the use of
the death penalty in their own country? This article reports on some findings
of a survey conducted in 2016 on 1500 Singaporeans to assess their knowledge
and support of the death penalty.