Arkansas Bill Would Put Limits On Last Meals For Condemned

ADELANTO, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Immigrant detainees eat lunch, one of three meals a day, at the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California. The facility, the largest and newest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detention center in California, houses an average of 1,100 immigrants in custody pending a decision in their immigration cases or awaiting deportation. The average stay for a detainee is 29 days. The facility is managed by the private GEO Group. ICE detains an average of 33,000 undocumented immigrants in more than 400 facilities nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing that the last meal for death row inmates be limited to the same food choices that are available to other prisoners on the day of the execution.

Republican Rep. Rebecca Petty on Wednesday filed legislation to place limits on death row inmate’s final meals. Under Petty’s proposal, the inmate’s final meal on the day of the execution should be limited to existing food available at the facility when the inmate is executed.

Arkansas hasn’t executed an inmate since April 2017, when it put four inmates to death over an eight-day period. The state doesn’t have any more executions scheduled, and its supply of three lethal injection drugs has expired.

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