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Last meals of prisoners executed in the United States in 2017 (list does not include those from Texas as they do not get a special last meal request; also omitting prisoners who were served the same meal as prison population):

Mark Christeson, MO, 1/31 - Bacon cheeseburger, fries, a piece of pecan pie, and a cola
Don Davis Jr., AR, 4/18 - Fried chicken, rolls, great Northern beans, mashed potatoes, strawberry cake, and fruit punch (Davis Jr. was granted a stay of execution after his last meal had been consumed.)
Ledell Lee, AR, 4/21 - Opted for communion in place of last meal (Lee is the first lethal injection execution in AR since 2005).
Marcell Williams, AR, 4/24 - Three pieces of fried chicken, banana pudding, nachos with chili cheese and jalapeno peppers, two Mountain Dews, and potato logs with ketchup
Jack Jones Jr., AR, 4/24 - Three pieces of fried chicken, potato logs with tartar sauce, beef jerky bites, three Butterfinger bars, one chocolate milkshake with Butterfinger pieces, and fruit punch
Kenneth Williams, AR, 4/27 - Opted for communion in place of last meal.
J.W. 'Boy' Ledford Jr., GA, 5/17 - Filet mignon wrapped in bacon with pepper jack cheese, large french fries, 10 chicken tenders with sauce, fried pork chops, a blooming onion, pecan pie with vanilla ice cream, sherbet, and a Sprite (The meal was 5,000 calories.)

Last Meals 2016
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I find what someone chooses to eat for their last meal fascinating. Apparently, I'm not the only one.

Researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY studied the last meal choices of 247 prisoners between 2002 and 2006 and found that those who continually protest their innocence are 2.7 times more likely to decline a last meal than those who admit their crime.

They also found that those who accepted guilty, either by apologizing or confessing, were likely to request brand name or comfort foods and also asked for 34% more calories of food.

Kevin Kniffin of Cornell University:
Our content analyses reveal three key findings: [Firstly], the average last meal is calorically rich (2756 calories) and proportionally averages 2.5 times the daily recommended servings of protein and fat.
[Secondly], the most frequent requests are also calorie dense: meat (83.9 per cent), fried food (67.9 per cent), desserts (66.3 per cent), and soft drinks (60 per cent), and [thirdly] 39.9% requested branded foods or beverages.
Here's some other interesting information from The Daily Mail on last meals:

To read the full article, click here.


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