The Prison Link Centre of the Changi Prison Complex in Changi, Aug 2007. Wikimedia Commons


By Louisa Tang

Today Online-Dec 1

When activist Kirsten Han told a member of the public a year or two ago that it may not always be cheaper to execute a death row inmate than imprison him for life, the response was: “But why? A bullet is so cheap.”

“Setting aside the fact that we don’t execute by firing squad in Singapore, I was really quite taken aback by how glibly and casually that comment was made,” the freelance journalist told TODAY, adding that most Singaporeans she had met did not know much about how the death penalty works here.

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First published in: Today