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Does anyone out there know whether or not death row prisoners are given any choice as to what they wear when they’re executed? If they do, I’m going to take up a collection to make and mail a bunch of “Culture of Life” t-shirts to Texas.

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  1. Posted April 5, 2005 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    I heard they must wear standard prison uniform.

    here’s a cool treat:

    http://privatehand.com/flash/request.html

    it takes a few seconds to load.

  2. Posted April 5, 2005 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    In the past ten years, one third of the executions in the United States have been carried out in the state of Texas. Since 1924, executions in Texas have taken place in the Walls Unit in Huntsville. The Warden of that prison, Jim Willett, narrates a documentary titled “Witness to an Execution”. It includes first hand accounts from the men and women who participate in and witness executions as part of their jobs. Guards, chaplains and reporters talk about their work — detailing what occurs in the minutes before, during and after the execution. The prison employees say they do the job because the vast majority of citizens want it done. Most are affected by the work. Some reach the breaking point and find they can no longer work in the system.

    http://www.npr.org/programs/atc/witness/index.html

  3. mark
    Posted April 5, 2005 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Very nice links, Kez. Thank you… I was particularly struck by the prisoner who asked that his last meal be one flour tortilla and water, and by the one who requested that his last meal be given to a homeless person.

  4. Posted April 5, 2005 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Could you, as a last meal, request a vial of the antidote to the poison they’ll be injecting you with?

  5. Teddy Glass
    Posted April 5, 2005 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have time to look for it now, but I’ve heard in the past that Bush, while Governor of Texas, cut the amount of time he took to review each death penalty case down from an hour to fifteen minutes.

    You can get a lot more killing in that way.

  6. mark
    Posted April 6, 2005 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    The whole idea of choosing a “last meal” is very “rosebud” in a way. It boils everything down to just one thing, one clue.

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