The last meal for a condemned prisoner may be a pizza. Some prisons even allow the condemned to choose what they want for their last meal. Inmates are not allowed to order milkshakes or ice cream. Likewise, they cannot order a hangman’s meal. However, there are some ways that inmates can pick their last meal. If you’re curious about this, read on. There are also some things you should know before requesting your last meal.
Inmates can’t pick their own last meal
Why do inmates have to pick their own last meal? The answer varies, but in general, the prison system has been putting up a wall between prisoners and guards since the mid-nineteenth century. A 2009 article by Christopher C. Collins, a doctoral student at Southern Illinois University, argued that last meals are part of the dramatic ritual of state-sanctioned death. Another article in 2007 by Daniel LaChance, a professor at the University of Minnesota, argued that death row inmates were endowed with a sense of agency.
A recent study revealed that a prison inmate who refused to eat his last meal ordered a massive meal that was full of sugar and fat. Inmates who refused to eat the meal were less likely to choose branded foods and were less likely to register their lack of consent to execution. The findings suggest that inmates who refuse to eat their final meal reject forgiveness and reconciliation and choose not to take the time to make their last meal more memorable.
Inmates can only request a pizza
While Texas does not allow condemned prisoners to choose their final meal, a man who dragged a Black man to his death ordered an outrageous meal. Inmate Rickey Ray Rector, one of the so-called “Lonely Hearts Killers,” ordered steak, fried okra, three fajitas, and an omelet, among other things. His meal also included half a loaf of bread, blue bell ice cream, peanut butter fudge, and three root beers.
The menus for inmates are generally limited, and many of them request comfort food. For example, convicted white supremacist Lawrence Russell Brewer asked for two chicken-fried steaks, one pound of barbecued meat, a triple-patty bacon cheeseburger, an omelette, and three root beers. The menus for his final meal were made public by a communications representative.
Inmates can’t request ice cream or milkshakes
Inmates who are sentenced to die can make requests for food at their last meal. Most prisons deny requests for tobacco or alcohol, but they do occasionally honor requests for other substances. Some prison systems do not cater to last meal requests at all. A Texas Department of Criminal Justice Web site lists inmate requests for the last meal. Typically, inmates will ask for cheeseburgers, French fries, steak, pizza, ice cream, or soda. Prison officials will usually honor inmates’ requests for food, but some prison systems do not.
Sadly, not all inmates are given their last meals. In Texas, death row inmates cannot ask for anything extravagant, including ice cream or milkshakes. While inmates can’t request ice cream or milkshakes, they can still have some other treats, like fruit, as long as they aren’t tobacco or alcohol products. Fortunately, some states are moving towards more humane treatment and preventing inmates from getting more punishment.
Inmates can’t request a hangman’s meal
Texas law does not allow condemned prisoners to choose their last meal. This ban was enacted after the execution of Lawrence Russell Brewer in 2011. In his last meal, Brewer ordered a triple bacon cheeseburger, fried okra, and a pound of barbecue. He also asked for a half loaf of bread, ice cream, peanut butter fudge, and three root beers. The Texas Senate outraged state senator who threatened to outlaw the meal.
While the infamous “Beltway sniper” executed four men in 2002, the ‘Hangman’s’ menu has become more controversial in recent years. The rule in Virginia requires the last meal to be served at least four hours before execution. The hangman’s meal in Indiana is served just a few days before execution. Despite its controversial status, the hangman’s last meal tradition has prompted a number of activists and lawmakers to use it to protest capital punishment.
Inmates have refused to eat a hangman’s meal
Some prisoners have even attempted suicide after being sentenced to death. One notorious hangman, Rickey Ray Rector, shot himself in the temple during his attempt to commit suicide. Fortunately, he survived. Although it may have been his final act, he was spared the gallows thanks to a pie. Read on to learn more about this sad history. Let’s find out what happened to this man.
There is no definitive historical evidence that hangmen’s meals are a common punishment. However, the ritual was widespread in ancient societies, including the Aztecs, Hurons, and Romans. Many cultures, from Greeks to Egyptians, practiced last meals. Some cultures even offered these meals to prisoners before execution, as human sacrifices. And in the American colonies, prisons would often serve a last meal to prisoners, including slaves.