Famous Death Row Last Meals

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He'll have the steak and eggs.
It seems a little strange that America treats criminals as well as it does.

Yes, we lock them up in prisons with other burly men (or women) and let them out of their cells infrequently. And yes, there is the chance that they will be raped, shanked, or beaten to a pulp on the playground. But let's face it -- there's usually a reason they're in prison in the first place.

What's really strange is that death row inmates are offered luxurious last meals before the hypodermic needle is plunged into their veins. 

A CNN article from 2006 explains how America spends $37 billion on the prison system annually, which is apparently six times more money spent on prisons than on education. Huffington Post has a slide show detailing some of the meals of famous death row inmates, and the extravagance of some of the orders is ridiculous. Check it out for yourself.


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Nightdiver68
Nightdiver68

well reality is they do get FREE health care FREE tv FREE education....not one of those is FREE for the FREE and the brave. We need to cut the cord on the FREE and put it into our childrens futures. No Jail is not a pretty place but maybe if they knew how to read to begin with the rule book of life would not be so blurry to them. My college loans will cost me more than I will ever have in wages, but a convict can get his FREE. This is not right.

Lastsuppers
Lastsuppers

The whole last meal process is a lot more complicated than you think; and I should know, because I wrote the book on it!---Ty Treadwell, author of Last Suppers: Famous Final Meals from Death Row

http://lastsuppersbook.blogspo...

Debbie Free
Debbie Free

So what does an average (below wealthy) person have to do to get the benefits that prisoners get? Sure they have to worry about being raped, beat up, killed...  Don't we all??!!! But we ALL don't get health care, dental, optical, and education. What the fu** is wrong with our country? Who gets paid to make these decisions? I'm applying for that job, and I promise to prioritize my spending.  1) health, education and wellbeing for children and elderly.. (especially those i love and care about!). After that there are no other priorities, cause once we figure out that our families, children, and elderly are taken care of, the rest will fall into place......

Pecantanjaxfl
Pecantanjaxfl

 Look in the mirror America you created the situation with cruel and unusual punishment laws. How much mercy did the victims have when they were killed, robbed or molested?  America you need to adapt to other countries polices that work very well. Bring your loved ones, my baby some food, clothing and pay for their medical care while in prison and take the burden off the hard working tax payer.OMG look at all the money we would save!

vinny26
vinny26

@Nightdiver68....In a way I do agree with you, however, you are a free person, for life.  These prisoners deprived of their liberties, aren't going to be going anywhere to be able to use any of their "FREE".....anything.  So, really in the end, you are the winner and the FREE one for your life, they are not !  And you speak of learning to read and etc. etc an etc.  There  are plenty of VERY SMART, INTELLIGENT prisoners locked away for life......There is a huge difference between intelligent and having (having) plain ole common sense, thats what REALLY makes the difference in a person's life....COMMON SENSE !!!!    In the end, YOU are living the American dream.......  YOU  !

william s todd
william s todd

i think they need to bring back good ole town hanging myself. it will save the working man like me a lot of money

Cummins
Cummins

What everyone seems to forget is that inmates are humanbeings also. The Bible tells you that some of the best people you know you will never see them in heaven, and some of the worst people ever to live you will see some of them in heaven. So do you wont to be judged for convicting and being cruel to another human being whom may have been led to god and saved after he started his sintence. Jesus said if some one needs are wonts of you that if you turn them away then you just aswell turn Jesus away Hisself.

Cummins
Cummins

The glasses and medical treatmen inmates receive is not good at all Debbie. The classes is plastic framed brome 10.00 glasses, and as for dental. They dont fix inmates teath. Instead they just pull them out, where as we have the choice of getting any bad teath fixed. And as for physical health, the doctors they use for inmates are more butchers than a doctor. Vetanerians come closer to doing a better job than penatentury doctors due. Futhermore as I said befor in another reply. You wont to cut some of the countries cost down then do away with some of these laws they keep makeing and inforceing.

Cummins
Cummins

Pecantanjaxfl-_ I beleave you need to spend some time in the pen your self and get a taste  of what life is like in there. Im not saying that murderers deserve any rights as you said, they didnt give there victems any rights. But the pen is full of people who realy didnt do anything wrong. Like the 21 year old boy that was sintenced to 5-8 years for a sex crime. When all he realy did was have consential sex with his girlfriend of 6 years or so. And her parents pressed chargess and pushed the issue. Or what about the obitchel driveing prisoner who is in there because tomany DUI's. Most people in men to med security prison are eather in there for some stupid law that should have never been passed in the first place, or is in there because of drugs or alchol lead them in to wwhat they did wrong. Witch to tell the trueth most people who have a subtance abuse problem is self dignoseing there self, and there true problem is much deeper than the subtance abuse. Its mental and most people in the pen is in there cause they are mental. You wont to save the country some money try droping some of the laws they keep makeing up and inforceing. 

Tlheiskill
Tlheiskill

Cummings don't tell me you are one of those that found the Lord while locked up. 

Tlheiskill
Tlheiskill

Easy fix, stay out of jail and get a job with insurance and they wouldn't have to have cheep glasses and pulled teeth....which are payed for on taxpayers's dimes mind you. They are prisoners who are already given what is it inmates say food and shelter and yes, medical. There are working class that are not as lucky. 

Tlheiskill
Tlheiskill

Cummins, you need to spend more time in school so you can work on your spelling and grammar! Appalling! Just to point out a few- beleave is spelled believe. Didnt is written as didn't. Victems correctly spelled is victims. Sintenced is spelled sentenced. Consential is consensual. Others (and you can look up the correct spelling, which will be helpful ) because there are so many! Chargess, tomany (I believe you meant too many), eather, alchol, witch (unless you meant as in wicked is which) trueth, dignoseing, there (in this case their meaning self). I have worked in both the prison system and the mental health profession. Most prisoners are in prison for very good reason and most have committed crimes they have never been caught for. Laws are meant for very good reason and are not stupid. They are set up to protect others. Mental patients are sent elsewhere for treatment such as mental health hospitals, but, from your reasoning, and level intelligence (or lack there of) I would be willing to guess that you are very familiar with the prison system and what you deem as "stupid laws." 

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