Texas Prison Authorities* Want Criminals to Die Hungry

He Lost His Appetite

It is traditional that prisoners who have been condemned* to death can order* whatever they want for their last meal.  Now, the state of Texas, USA, has changed that.   “It is extremely inappropriate to give a person sentenced* to death such a privilege.  It’s a privilege which the perpetrator* did not provide* to their victim,*” state senator John Whitmore wrote in a letter to prison officials.
Brad Livingston, the executive director of the Texas department of criminal justice, agreed.  From now on, he wrote in an official statement, prisoners awaiting death will be served the same meal as other inmates.*  This is a reaction to Lawrence Brewer, a white supremacist* who was executed* for the particularly brutal murder of a black man: he chained* his victim to the back of his truck and dragged him for several miles.
For his last meal, Brewer ordered a triple meat bacon cheeseburger, a meat lover’s pizza, a bowl of okra with ketchup, a pound of barbecued meat, a half a loaf of bread, peanut butter fudge,  a pint of ice cream and two chicken fried steaks.  When the meal was delivered, he said he wasn’t hungry.

Vocabulary:
prison authority – vězeňský úřad
be condemned – býd odsouzen
order – objednat si
inappropriate – nevhodný
sentenced – odsouzený
perpetrator – pachatel
provide – poskytnout
victim – oběť
inmate – spoluvězeň
supremacist – rasista
be executed – být popraven
chain – připoutat
Question for discussion:
Are you for or against the death penalty?

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