I know this is a real hot topic and very controversial so decided to put it here if people want to discuss it or share their opinions and ideas about it. Its been in the news and on my mind lately as the trial begins in the following case in my state of Connecticut. This was one of the most heinous crimes that many will ever read or hear about. I felt that it was the end of innocence for a small rural town like Cheshire and it made me feel unsafe and nervous in my own home. http://www.wfsb.com/news/24407161/detail.html http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/07/25/national/main3095614.shtml "This is everyone's worst nightmare," Lt. Jay Markella, Cheshire police spokesman, told the Waterbury newspaper. "It's by far the worst thing any of us have ever seen." Joshua Komisarjevsky, 26, of Cheshire, and Steven Hayes, 44, of Winsted, were arraigned Tuesday on charges of assault, sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary, robbery, arson, larceny and risk of injury to children. More charges are pending, state police said Tuesday night. The two men could face the death penalty. Prosecutor Michael Dearington said he had not yet decided whether to pursue the death penalty. "I know the public consensus is they should be fried tomorrow," he said. The girls' father, Dr. William Petit Jr., a prominent endocrinologist, remained hospitalized with head injuries. Years ago a man by the name of Michael Ross was executed by lethal injection in my state. He had been sitting on death row since the early 1980s after killing more then 7 young woman in eastern CT. I knew the Mother of one of these young girls. She was never the same after her daughters death. Over the years as Ive gotten older and heard and read more about the death penalty my feelings have changed quite a bit. I used to feel that the death penalty was the proper punishment for someone who took someone elses life. period. But after listening to the arguments against and reading the statistics on who ends up actually being executed for their crimes Ive changed in my ideas and opinions. First of all it is very expensive to execute a person in this country. Its expensive to keep prisoners in our jails period but to put a person to death is incredibly expensive. Because of due process the criminal has the appeals process to get through which can take many, many years. Michael Ross was on death row for more then 25 years before he was executed. I dont know how much money the tax payers paid in order to house him in prison and to complete the death penalty but I wouldnt be surprised in the least if it was in the millions of dollars. I may feel differently if it were my child that this monster had killed but I feel that putting someone in solitary confinement for life, giving them no priveledges, putting them somewhere for the rest of their life where they have to think about what they did, possibly that would be a better punishment for them then execution. As a deterent the death penalty hasnt really stopped alot of these types of crimes. People that commit them are not in their right minds and dont stop to think of the consequences of their actions including possible death penalty.