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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Death Row Inmates' Last Meal

The number of death sentences in the United States have dropped significantly over the past twenty years. However, as of 2020, the death penalty is still legal in 31 states and in most of these jurisdictions it is customary to give a condemned prisoner, on the eve of his execution, a special last meal of his choice. ( Corrections officials use the term, "special meal.") In Florida, for example, the final meal can only cost up to $40 and it must be able to be prepared locally. In 2011, Texas abolished the last meal request for death row inmates. According to a 2013 study, inmates who professed their innocence were two-times more likely to refuse the last meal request. Many death row inmates talk about what they will order years in advance of their executions.

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