After Senator Complains, TX Ends Traditional Last Meal for Condemned


A Texas state legislator has put the kabosh on the long-standing tradition of allowing death row inmates one last special meal of their choosing before they enter the execution chamber ends today, reports the Texas Tribune. Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston) wrote a letter to corrections officials calling for and immediate end to the practice he called an “extremely inappropriate” privilege. Hours later, Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, announced, “Effective immediately, no such accommodations will be made. They will receive the same meal served to other offenders on the unit.”

Whitmire’s letter to the TDCJ came in response to the last meal provided Wednesday night to Lawrence Brewer, a white supremacist who was convicted for his role in the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd Jr., a black man. According to the Houston Chronicle, Brewer requested but did not eat a feast of a final meal: 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.

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