The last meal is usually a tradition, not a rule. No law automatically entitles prisoners to anything other than standard prison meals so it’s a privilege, not a right. It’s also far more significant than being merely a kind gesture. It’s an important part of the execution ritual and has been for centuries. Barring last-minute legal action a prisoner’s last meal is usually their last chance to control anything that happens in their final hours. Modern executions are usually conducted according to strict timetables and rigid rules with minimal deviation there from. In the US, a prisoner might wait over twenty years between sentencing and execution so their last freedom of choice can be very important to them.
Execution is a grim ritual. The last meal is a part of that ritual and a ritual in itself. In medieval Europe it had religious significance dating back to when religion played a far greater role in daily life than it does today. A mental image of Christ’s Last Supper is often referenced as a parallel to a modern-day convict choosing their final menu. It also symbolizes a prisoner making peace with their executioners, breaking bread with them in the same way that Christ invited Judas Iscariot to the Last Supper. In modern-day Louisiana, a strongly-religious Southern state, Warden Burl Cain routinely invites condemned prisoners to eat their last meal with him and invited guests, offering the condemned Christian fellowship. Cain still supervises the execution, but he extends the invitation regardless. Naturally, the inmate isn’t obliged to accept.
Religion aside, superstition once played its part. In medieval Europe many believed that well-fed prisoners could be executed without fear of their returning as ghosts.
I agree on the fancy meal. IF you feed em they should get what the other prisoners get, nothing more, nothing less. Like MULE said, NO REASON to take so long for justice to be done. BANG FLOP, problem solved, NEEEEXXXTTTT. CHARLIE.
I vote to return to hanging and televise it.
Make it required watching in all schools.
Leathal injection isn't always humane. It's. been botched several times where the convicted went into convulsions and started vomiting all over the table. Gas didn't pan out very well either for the same
reasons. And by watching the green mile we all know how badly electrocution can be screwed up.
A 30/06 to the heart is immediately leathal.