• MDP

    Does the Mandatory Death Penalty work as a Deterrent?

    This is probably the biggest question surrounding the debate on the Mandatory Death Penalty (MDP) and perhaps, the death penalty itself. Sure, other reasons are also cited in support of capital punishment, but none as frequently, like the one on its perceived deterrent effect on crime. In Singapore, the government, as well as proponents of the death penalty, frequently point to the fact that the prevalence of drug problems or murders in our society is far lower than those in places which do not have the death penalty. But is this really down to the presence of the death penalty or is the relatively low crime rate driven by other…