For a long time, legalization of capital punishment in Connecticut has been one of the most popular socio-political discussions discussed in our great state. Connecticut has performed 126 on record executions from 1639 to 2005. Capital punishment does not exist as an available sanction for a criminal defendant upon conviction for the commission of a capital offense since 2012.
In 2012, Connecticut executed one individual as well as those who were still on death row waiting for their final day even after the state had banned it. The Connecticut Supreme Court found applying the death penalty only for past cases when it was legal as unconstitutional. Thus emptying Connecticut’s death row ward in their prisons.
The reason why however that this form of punishment is so popular is the question of whether or not it is an inhumane form of punishment. I do not believe that the death penalty should exist, simply because although they are bad people that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to die.
I would much rather have a mass murderer or a serial killer have to live out the rest of their lives in a prison because I feel that it is worse punishment. I believe that they should have no access to the outside world meaning no mail, no visitations, and no television privileges in a common room area.
I feel that is much worse than the electric chair because they have to live out the rest of their lives in jail, rotting for whatever heinous crime they had committed. On July 23, 2007, Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters were raped and murdered while their father and husband was injured during the home invasion.
The police had arrested the two murderers, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, and sentenced them both to death for their crimes. However, Dr. William Petit condemned the state’s decision to abolish the death penalty and decided to motion in favor of a life sentence in prison. During his trial, Komisarjevsky said “I will never find peace within. My life will be a continuation of the hurt I caused.” He continued. “The flock is now ticking and I owe a debt I cannot repay.”
This is exactly why the death penalty should not exist because death is an easy escape route after committing such a crime. Hayes knew it too; his defense attorney noted that “Hayes smiled upon hearing the jury’s recommendation of a death sentence.” Hayes knew life would be easier for him if it just ended rather than living in a cell.
I am not saying that whoever should be placed on death row will at some point feel remorseful for their crimes because in some cases they won’t. That is just how they are; for example, Tex Watson. The leading man in the Charles Manson murders. Watson, like the Petit murders had been pardoned of the death penalty,;he never showed any remorse for the seven murders he committed.
Tex Watson was a brainwashed member of the Manson Family Cult and became deeply religious, believing he was practically the second coming of the devil. The reason why him staying alive is also important is because he is an extraordinary case. He was a farm boy from Texas who was in a fraternity in college and all of a sudden became a cult member and convicted murderer.
He is someone who is crucial to the study of psychology, and how to find signs of when someone is going to snap. Having these horrible human beings alive and studying them is also how our government can find similar traits in other people and find some form of preventing such horrific incidents from repeating themselves.
After all, that is how the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit was founded. Yeah, that’s how criminal minds was founded. Two agents and a psychologist believed that serial killers were not just people who were crazy, that there was a reason. They then went to go and interview some of the most evil and twisted people in our country in search of an explanation. However, if these people had been executed, then they never would have made any progress in their studies and who knows how blind our world could be to mental health.
Life does not need to be about “an eye for an eye”, what happened to the Petit family and Sharon Tate is tragic but also so much blood had already been spilled that was it worth it in the end to seek revenge. I believe that in the end, dying old, alone, and in prison after paying for your crimes is a much worse punishment than dying in two minutes in an electric chair.