Texas Ends Last Meal Requests After Outrage

Published: Sep 23, 2021

The state of Texas has terminated all “last meal” requests for death row inmates. The decision came after Lawrence Russell Brewer sparked outrage from state Senator John Whitmire. Brewer ordered two chicken fried steaks, fried okra, three fajitas, peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts, a pound of barbeque, triple meat bacon cheeseburger and threw it all away.

There have been numerous, outrageous requests by death row inmates in the past when it comes to their last meals.

Two weeks ago, another Texas inmate requested, two pounds of bacon, a large four-meat pizza, four fried chicken breasts, two drinks each of Mountain Dew, Pepsi, root beer, sweet tea, two pints of ice cream, five chicken fried steaks, two hamburgers with bacon, fries and a dozen garlic bread sticks with marinara on the side.

In a letter to prison officials, Sen. John Whitmire, who chairs the state Senate’s criminal-justice committee called Brewers’ last dinner request an “inappropriate” privilege for a person sentenced to death.

“Mr. Byrd didn’t get to choose his last meal,” Whitmire stated.

Received by Brad Livingston, the executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Livingston said the senator’s concerns were valid and answered by stating, “Effective immediately, no such accommodations will be made. They will receive the same meal served to other offenders on the unit.”

That had been the suggestion from Whitmire, who called the traditional Brewer request “ridiculous.”

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