Texas Halts Death Row Last Meal Posts–Bad Taste?


Texas will stop the Web posting of details on the last meals of condemned inmates for public perusal, the Dallas Morning News reports. “We had gotten some complaints from people who thought it was in poor taste,” said Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons. Yet “the reason we had it on the Web site to begin with was because that was the No. 1 inquiry from the public,” she said. “So really, we can’t win.” The information still will be provided because it is public record, she said.

Books have been written on the subject. A Texan who served time for sexual assault and kidnapping and prepared many inmates’ last meals is writing a cookbook.

Cheeseburgers are the most requested last meal, followed closely by fried chicken and breakfast foods such as eggs and sausage. Occasionally, a prisoner will ask for something unusual, such as a jar of pickles or a bag of Jolly Rancher candy.

For three executions scheduled this week, inmates have requested items like steak, eggs, and ice cream. One inmate asked for “a cheap cigar and a match,” Lyons said. “The cheap cigar is not going to happen because we have a no-tobacco policy.”

Other states, including California and Arizona, still post information on last meals.

Link: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dallas/tsw/stories/121003dntexlastmeal.9d7d8.html

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