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InStyle Magazine - October 2011
Last Last Meal of the Day: On the eve of Troy Davis’s execution, another man was put to death some 700 miles away.
The capital punishment of White supremacist Lawrence Brewer — convicted of murdering James Byrd Jr. in 1998 — was carried out at 6:21 PM by officials at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit.
Two hours before, Brewer was served his last meal, which, according to the Houston Chronicle, consisted of “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.”
But Brewer, who told guards he was no longer hungry, didn’t eat a bite of it.
Angered by this, state Senator John Whitmire penned a letter to prison officials telling them legislation would be enacted if the practice of serving death row inmate fancy last meals wasn’t halted immediately. “Enough is enough,” Whitmire wrote. “It is extremely inappropriate to give a person sentenced to death such a privilege. It’s a privilege which the perpetrator did not provide to their victim.”
Texas Department of Criminal Justice executive director Brad Livingston concurred with the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice chairman, and ordered the gravy train stopped. Henceforth prisoners will received “the same meal served to other offenders.”
Though many states offer inmates a special final meal, most are “generally limited to food that can be prepared on-site.”