Thursday, September 22, 2011

Whitmire to TDCJ - no more last meal requests for death row inmates

By Duane Stuart, Backgate Website

After today, Texas death row inmates facing execution will no longer be able to choose their last meal. For at least a century,  death row inmates have been able to request cheese burgers and fries, chicken fried steak with gravy, peach cobbler, pies, cakes, breakfast or whatever they wanted in their final hours of life. Yesterday inmate Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed for his part in the Jasper dragging death of James Byrd. The crime became news all over the world after the only motive for the crime was that Byrd was black.

Brewer ordered a vast array of dishes for his last meal, but at the last moment, lost his appetite and the food went untouched. Senator John Whitmire, who heads the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice says that enough is enough with last meal service and wrote a letter to TDCJ Director Brad Livingston detailing his issues with the process. Livingston answered by halting the meal request procedure, and issuing orders that whatever meal the rest of the inmate population eat that day is what meal the condemned will eat as well.  The process of offering a final meal to Texas death row inmates goes back at least a century some say. 


see the letter below...


8 comments:

  1. I don't like the idea of the state being in the business of killing folks. But if it's going to happen, I support the tradition of the last meal request. It might ought to be a little less extravagant, but really, if you're gonna take someones life behind our effed up court system, the least you could do is give them the choice of final meal.

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  2. They get to many privledges as it is. They don't deserve a big last meal. I am glad they stoped it.

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  3. I would think with the problems that we are having that Whitmire would have many more important things to do then worry about some offenders last meal. This state has money problems way beyond the wasted food this fool did not eat. I guess we could just let a cold blooded murder starve to death. That would save the cost of the food and drugs use to put him down. eye for an eye

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  4. Give them water and bread. That is what is necessary to stay alive until execution time!!!!!!

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  5. that Seashores said: I agree, they dont need a better meal than the other thieves.....Good call on that one, but of all the problems we are having in TDC, why is THIS an issue for him to put his foot down and make a stand? What an idiot to react like this on this issue........

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  6. This is really trivial shit. It should have remained that the last meal was pulled from the pantry. Some warden lost his nuts by agreeing to this absurd last meal request. Whitmire's just showboating. The pathetic little man syndrome.

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  7. Whitmire hasn't done anything but hurt TDCJ. He is a politician and that's it. I Don't support death penalty (I couldn't press the button) and the last meal request is so trivial. Give 'em a last meal. Heck, your fixing to kill 'em and a $100 food bill is the least of problems this state has financially. Cutting your pay by half would help more and you'd still be paid too much. Start worrying about the people you're losing due to your lack of leadership and ignorance of TDCJ. Start worrying about the the mission of TDCJ in protecting our state from Violent criminals and keeping personnel in place to be able to accomplish that mission.

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  8. The death row inmate should get a Johnny. That evil bastard killed someone in your family, you would all change your mind. Piss on him, you bleeding hearts. You must have found God in Prison like them thugs. Co. Brames Vance Unit

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