Really?I was watching a rerun of House the other night when I realized something interesting.
It was the episode where he treats a convicted murderer on death row. The show opens with the convict listening to another prisoner order his last meal before his execution.
But it got me thinking... Why in the hell do we give people whatever they want for their last meal?
As I understand it, people who end up on death row generally deserve it. They've probably done something to justify both their imprisonment and eventual death.
So, why are they given anything they want for their last meal?
I'm not talking about the morality behind the death penalty. I really couldn't care less.
Frankly, I don't think we use it enough. We should extend it to include that guy who drives 20 under the speed limit or tells you how Heroes ended before you get to watch it.
Why do we give someone who has obviously done something worthy of major penalty their choice of food?
Does that make any sense?
It's not like they've somehow earned a reward.
Hey, you've just spent twenty years in prison and now you're going to be executed... Way to go! Here's a cookie.
I'm not saying don't feed them. That would be cruel.
It would save money, but still...
But I'm thinking they're sending a bit of a mixed message.
You're in prison.
Oh, here's anything you'd like to eat in the entire world.
And now, we're gonna kill you.
I guarantee they're not going to learn a long term lesson out of it.