Tinkering with the Machinery of Death: Rethinking the Death Penalty in the United States, Japan, and Singapore
Straits Times, May 2014
7 Pages Posted: 25 May 2014
Date Written: May 24, 2014
The death penalty is being reassessed in the three industrialised countries that continue to impose it: the United States, Japan, and Singapore. In centuries past, the death penalty was a spectacle for the masses. Today’s executions are meant to be more civilised — either carried out with clinical formality as in the United States, or in relative secrecy as in Japan and Singapore. For the US such clinical formality has become more difficult with the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April 2014 as the most prominent example. Meanwhile, Japan and Singapore are having unusually public reassessments of capital punishment.
Keywords: capital punishment, death penalty, Singapore, Japan, United States
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