There are varying opinions on the death penalty, but my belief is that there are monsters who shouldn’t get off with life in prison, and this monster is a perfect example of a man who should be put to death. Steven Hayes sexually assaulted and brutally strangled a Connecticut mother in 2007 before leaving her young daughters to burn alive, while carrying out a home invasion. He was convicted and sentenced to the death penalty, before the state abolished the punishment, leaving him with life imprisonment.
Now, the murderer whose acts were so heinous they attracted international attention is receiving hormone treatment therapy in prison.
In a quote that simply leaves one flabbergasted at the utter ridiculous of providing Hayes a state-funded gender transition, he slammed prison staff who were unaccepting of his lifestyle change. Hayes was speaking on a podcast interview, calling in from the prison phone.
“There’s a lot of problems with the presentation as a female. A lot of people accept it, but this facility here, you have a lot of racists and bigots on staff and they’re not happy with it. There’s two of us here that are feminine.”
Hayes claims to have suffered from gender dysphoria since the age of 16, self-identifying as transgender.
Hayes is currently housed at the Greene state prison in Pennsylvania, being transferred there through an agreement between Connecticut and the state. A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections told the New York Times that the state does not pay for gender transition surgeries, but does spend up to $5,582 a year on transgender inmates who wish to receive hormones for gender dysphoria.
Hayes’ murders were some of the most brutal and heinous to take place in the history of the United States. Even some of the most fervent opponents of the death penalty would be hard-pressed to deny that putting a bullet through his brain wouldn’t be unjust.
Such a heartless murderer has no legitimate claim to receive completely unnecessary medication for their well-deserved life in prison.