Mikhail Lyubansky doesn't condone vicious crime but feels compassion for its perpetrators. "I believe that no one is born wanting to rape and kill (psychopathy may be a special case) and the fact that some person has done so — perhaps multiple times — means that his/her life has been filled with so much pain that rape/murder was preferable to just carrying on. I don't condone his/her choices and I don't want to do anything to compromise the safety of others, but I feel compassion for the person who experienced such pain." The death penalty is about retribution, not safety, he says.