If you’re about to be put to death on Texas’ death row you will no longer be able to request a special last meal. The new rule is all thanks to the execution of white supremacist Lawrence Russell Brewer who was put to death on Tuesday night.
According to the Austin American-Statesman Brewer ordered a very large meal and then chose to barely touch a thing on his place. The paper says his meal included:
“Two chicken fried steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, large bowl of fried okra, 3 fajitas and a pound of barbeque with a half-loaf of white bread on the side.”
He also asked for a pint of ice cream for dessert.
Apparently Lawrence isn’t the first inmate to pull such a stunt and now one lawmaker says:
“Enough is enough. It is extremely inappropriate to give a person sentenced to death such a privilege … one which the perpetrator did not provide to their victim.”
With the program now ended prisoners on death row will be served the exact same food as everyone else in the prison on the day of their execution and if they decide not to eat their last meal they will simply go without. As for second helpings that issue was not addressed.
I have always found it to be a strange tradition given some of the tremendously awful murders some prisoners have been found guilty of committing. Do you think prisoners on death row should have access to a final meal of their choice?