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No more last meal choices for death-row inmates
Chron.com ^ | 09-22-2011 | Peggy Fikac

Posted on 09/22/2011 1:46:21 PM PDT by Red Badger

Death-row inmates headed to their executions will no longer be able to pick what they’d like for their last meal.

Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, issued this statement in response to concerns from Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman John Whitmire:

“I believe Senator Whitmire’s concerns regarding the practice of allowing death row offenders to choose their last meal are valid. Effective immediately, no such accommodations will be made. They will receive the same meal served to other offenders on the unit.”

Here’s the original post about Whitmire’s concerns: Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman John Whitmire, D-Houston, wants to end the practice of providing death-row inmates with whatever they’d like for their last meal.

Whitmire – in a Thursday letter to Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice — said he’s long been concerned about the practice and that the last straw was the Houston Chronicle’s report of Lawrence Russell Brewer ordering a huge last meal that he failed to eat.

The senator recounted Brewer’s order of two chicken fried steaks, a triple meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, a large bowl of fried okra, three fajitas, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream, and a pound of barbecue with a half loaf of white bread, calling it “ridiculous.”

“I am asking that you end this practice immediately or I am prepared to do so by statute next session,” Whitmire wrote. “Death row inmates before execution should be fed the same meal as any other inmate on the unit the day of the scheduled execution.”

I’ve emailed TDCJ’s spokeswoman to ask for a comment.

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.chron.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: deathpenalty; deathrow; execution; lastmeal; prison
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Eating like that could be bad for your health.........
1 posted on 09/22/2011 1:46:32 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

geze come ON! you know we’ve become barbarians now.


2 posted on 09/22/2011 1:47:36 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: Red Badger

Yeah, one guy spoils it all for everybody else.


3 posted on 09/22/2011 1:48:24 PM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Red Badger
No more last meal choices for death-row inmates

Good. They can eat a steaming plate of dog excrement for all I care.

4 posted on 09/22/2011 1:48:35 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Red Badger
Hey, we don't let death row inmates smoke because of health concerns. ;)

/johnny

5 posted on 09/22/2011 1:48:51 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Red Badger

And the cost of that last meal was what $100-$200-$300?

Compared to (1) the cost to try and convict someone of murder, and (2) the cost of the bad publicity from breaking a longstanding tradition of allowing a condemed person to request their last meal, it seems cheaper to just let the practice continue.


6 posted on 09/22/2011 1:51:51 PM PDT by Brookhaven
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To: Red Badger
two chicken fried steaks, a triple meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, a large bowl of fried okra, three fajitas, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream, and a pound of barbecue with a half loaf of white bread,

"Are you up to the Death Row Challenge?"


7 posted on 09/22/2011 1:53:00 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Brookhaven
Did you read this part?:

Lawrence Russell Brewer ordering a huge last meal that he failed to eat.

8 posted on 09/22/2011 1:53:45 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger

Can they still get a cigarette and a blindfold?


9 posted on 09/22/2011 1:55:04 PM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: Red Badger

The senator recounted Brewer’s order of two chicken fried steaks, a triple meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, a large bowl of fried okra, three fajitas, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream, and a pound of barbecue with a half loaf of white bread, calling it “ridiculous.”

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You know, I wouldn’t really have a problem with the cost of preparing such a feast if only it was done less than a year after sentencing.

The very idea that Texas and other states are keeping these killers on death row for years and even decades is what is appalling.


10 posted on 09/22/2011 1:55:20 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Red Badger

The senator recounted Brewer’s order of two chicken fried steaks, a triple meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, a large bowl of fried okra, three fajitas, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream, and a pound of barbecue with a half loaf of white bread, calling it “ridiculous.”


Sounds very Texan not to mention multicultural to me.

Put some gravy on that sumbitch!


11 posted on 09/22/2011 1:55:28 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Red Badger

One extreme action leads to another extreme reaction. Sheesh.

Have some mercy and grant a dying man’s wish. (Yes, within reason, of course.) It’s good for us all.


12 posted on 09/22/2011 1:55:58 PM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Red Badger


13 posted on 09/22/2011 1:56:26 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Martin Tell

No smoking. Might get sick and die.......


14 posted on 09/22/2011 1:56:59 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: JRandomFreeper
The use to let them smoke

15 posted on 09/22/2011 1:57:15 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

Sounds very Texan not to mention multicultural to me.

Put some gravy on that sumbitch!

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As a Texasn I wanna know....

Brown gravy or cream?


16 posted on 09/22/2011 1:57:35 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: JoeProBono

Those meals are clearly dangerous! Both of those guys died soon after eating them.


17 posted on 09/22/2011 1:58:40 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I've tried to think like a liberal, but I can't get my head far enough up my behind...)
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To: Brookhaven
Correct. At the very least, I'd still grant the request to the perps who waived their rights to endless appeals and accepted the fast track to the needle and gurney.

I'd even allow a token cash payment to their next of kin for some of the money saved. Not that they deserve it, but because it would make libtards scream even louder.

18 posted on 09/22/2011 1:58:40 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

This kind of indulgence to the condemned is a virtually universal practice in Westernized countries. Even this “wasted” meal as listed should have cost less than $100. If they are so worried about others wasting theirs, I’d suggest having the prisoner’s family pay for it, and/or if the prisoner has a prison job (is this done for death row?), from the prisoner’s savings. What the prisoner does not eat would go to the prisoner’s family.

Why not hang or execute condemned people at noon on TV? This would make more sense than petty repudiation of a long standing Westernized practice.


19 posted on 09/22/2011 1:59:14 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: JRandomFreeper

Moochelle should have stepped in and stopped this due to the fat content.


20 posted on 09/22/2011 1:59:50 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: Red Badger

I’d feed them a Tombstone Pizza along with some fried mush and burnt toast.


21 posted on 09/22/2011 2:00:28 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Brookhaven
the cost of the bad publicity from breaking a longstanding tradition

We're Texas. Those that hate us will still hate us, those that love us will still love us. Publicity can KMA.

/johnny

22 posted on 09/22/2011 2:00:32 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Red Badger

I’ve actually read that, that most death row inmates don’t even eat their last meal. If you read what they “request” it’s fascinating. For the most part they ask for what we would call comfort food. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, greens, cake, etc. One guy asked for a six pack of Dr Pepper. That’s the last thing I’d ask for. Something to make me ultra alert with all of the caffeine, plus making me want to pee like a racehorse.


23 posted on 09/22/2011 2:01:17 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: Red Badger

...Should have wheeled it in after they strapped him to the gurney...


24 posted on 09/22/2011 2:01:32 PM PDT by gargoyle (...This looks like a good fight, deal me in...)
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To: Red Badger

So?

If they really have a problem, then just limit the size of the last meal: a main dish, three side items, 1 desert, 1 beverage.

Ending what is a several centuries old tradition that is followed in countries around the world hardly seems like a smart PR move.


25 posted on 09/22/2011 2:01:46 PM PDT by Brookhaven
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To: Red Badger

just give them $16 govt muffins


26 posted on 09/22/2011 2:02:18 PM PDT by rokkitapps ( Hearings on healthcare waivers NOW! (If you agree make this your tagline))
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To: Red Badger

“. . .order of two chicken fried steaks, a triple meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, a large bowl of fried okra, three fajitas, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream, and a pound of barbecue with a half loaf of white bread . . .”

I was unaware that Michael Moore was on death row (not that I object, mind you) . . .


27 posted on 09/22/2011 2:02:20 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: Responsibility2nd

Federal court practices have a lot to do with this. It can take years for them to get around to looking at these kinds of cases.


28 posted on 09/22/2011 2:02:36 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yes, let the family pay for it, or just put a limit on it. Give them a little menu to choose from (one meat, 2-3 side dishes, a dessert or 2). I think it is a humane gesture, and should be continued.


29 posted on 09/22/2011 2:03:07 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

30 posted on 09/22/2011 2:03:57 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Red Badger

Bummer, that’ll remove all the incentive to get on death-row.
I mean, if you can’t score a good dinner, what’s the point?


31 posted on 09/22/2011 2:04:38 PM PDT by dread78645 (Evolution. A doomed theory since 1859.)
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To: LearsFool
One extreme action leads to another extreme reaction. Sheesh.

Exactly. The last meal thing is kinda nostalgic and poetic. I like a little wistfulness in my executions. They should let them have a fiddle or banjo player too, for the last walk down the hall.

Just tell them they have a hundred dollar limit so they don't get too stupid.

32 posted on 09/22/2011 2:04:38 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Rules change. It sucks to be them.

But I'm with you on the prisoner's food cost going to the family. All of it. Every day. Wanna eat? Convince your brother or sister you won't rape another 90 year old to death. Maybe they will send you some food.

Prisoners (or their family) paying for their food is also a long established custom.

/johnny

33 posted on 09/22/2011 2:04:48 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Red Badger

“Death-row inmates headed to their executions will no longer be able to pick what they’d like for their last meal. “

About time. If you deserve the death penalty, you should just get a piece of stale bread and lukewarm water. Their victims couldn’t even get that.


34 posted on 09/22/2011 2:04:57 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Thank you, Bob!)
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To: Stosh

If you go to the Texas prison website you can see what passed - oops bad word - previous inmates had as their last meal. Your list wasn’t too far off.


35 posted on 09/22/2011 2:06:30 PM PDT by Datom
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To: Red Badger
Cholesterol. It's a killer.

I agree with this decision.

36 posted on 09/22/2011 2:07:02 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Red Badger

Sounds like Moochelle was ordering!!


37 posted on 09/22/2011 2:07:29 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Red Badger

Save money by standardizing. Each death row inmate gets a McDonald’s Happy Meal as his last meal.


38 posted on 09/22/2011 2:08:28 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: HiTech RedNeck

a new food network cooking show! “Death Row Cook-off”
the condemned gets teams of friends and fam to cook for them. each team gets $25 of ingredients and an hour to cook.
the panel of judges are the executioners and witnesses .
whoever gets the best rating gets a family style meal together with the condemned and Gordon Ramsey comes in to be special guest executioner.


39 posted on 09/22/2011 2:09:08 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: Red Badger

wait till the UK gets wind of this ... if they were aghast at Perry’s heartless response to the death penalty, THIS will really get ‘em.


40 posted on 09/22/2011 2:10:07 PM PDT by EDINVA ( Jimmy McMillan '12: because RENT'S, TOO DAMN HIGH)
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To: boop

I never thought about what I would order as a last meal. Probably fried chicken, greens, and bananna pudding—comfort food I grew up with.


41 posted on 09/22/2011 2:10:14 PM PDT by Brookhaven
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To: LearsFool

“Have some mercy and grant a dying man’s wish. (Yes, within reason, of course.) It’s good for us all.”

Sure, if the criminal granted this last request to the victims he brutally murdered. Otherwise, screw ‘em.


42 posted on 09/22/2011 2:12:16 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Thank you, Bob!)
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To: Red Badger

Give them their last meal. They wont cost us taxpayer money any longer.


43 posted on 09/22/2011 2:13:41 PM PDT by struggle
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To: Verginius Rufus
Save money by standardizing. Each death row inmate gets a McDonald’s Happy Meal as his last meal.

Just as long as you don't include a toy. Don't want to get anyone in SF upset.

44 posted on 09/22/2011 2:14:23 PM PDT by Brookhaven
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"...the cost of the bad publicity..."

Really? For a death row inmate?

How would this kind of "publicity" hurt the prison's bottom line?

Give them a bologna and cheese sandwich, a small bag of Lay's and a Coke with a cookie for desert.

Then encourage them to make their peace with God before "throwing the switch".

45 posted on 09/22/2011 2:14:31 PM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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"wait till the UK gets wind of this ... if they were aghast at Perry’s heartless response to the death penalty, THIS will really get ‘em."

I know what to do. We can just serve them British food.

46 posted on 09/22/2011 2:14:37 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Thank you, Bob!)
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To: Red Badger

In China if a death row inmate refuses to eat his last meal he’s told just think of all the little children in America don’t have ANYTHING to eat.


47 posted on 09/22/2011 2:14:54 PM PDT by RetSignman (It's Fall...the "Goebbles Warmers" are packing their bags , migrating for their winter caves.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Mexico provides a pittance to the support of prisoners, but permits family or other concerned parties to improve prisoners’ lot. Even conjugal visits can be arranged. Mexico doesn’t (officially) do executions any more, so it’s not completely comparable. But they reflect their Roman Catholic Christian background in being relatively humane to their prisoners.


48 posted on 09/22/2011 2:15:22 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: dead
They should let them have a fiddle or banjo player too, for the last walk down the hall.

How about the tuba playing that tune that they used to play on cartoons when fat characters were walking?

49 posted on 09/22/2011 2:15:31 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: SIDENET

Just imagine what that must have done to his cholesterol.

I think the straw that broke the camel’s back on this one was the request for a cake topped with a wall cutting laser. It’s what I would go for.


50 posted on 09/22/2011 2:16:29 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Those who trade land for peace will end up with neither one.)
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