Telfair County Sheriff wants to end elaborate last meals

Telfair sheriff wants to end 'last meal'

Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson says he wants to see some changes made for inmates on death row.

He took to his Facebook page this weekend to express his opinions about elaborate last meals for prisoners condemned to death.

"It's ridiculous," Steverson said.

He says inmates on death row shouldn't receive a lavish last meal.

"It's insulting to society and it's insulting to their victims' families," he said.

He says after researching recent executions and the last meal requests some of the inmates made, he got the urge to type out his thoughts on Facebook.


"It doesn't have any bearing on what happens from here on out, but it got under my skin and I sat down and wrote out my opinion," Steverson said.

He says a ‘meal reward,’ shouldn't be offered to those who will be put to death. Instead, it should go to those who may re-enter society at some point.


"If we want to provide a nice meal to inmates, let's provide it to those who have completed their GED courses or those that have turned their lives around or show some promise to re-enter society," Steverson said.

But one could argue that the inmates at the Telfair County jail are eating better food than their circumstances should provide.

The food comes from Waylon's Family Restaurant in McRae.

The Sheriff says they do that because of a lack of resources in the area, and their current menu won't stay the same for much longer.

"We're building a new jail soon and that facility will have a kitchen in it so I think the menu will change," Steverson said.

He says he knows lawmakers have a lot more pressing issues on their plates, but he hopes eventually the practice is discontinued.

"I would hope that they could just phase it out, maybe someone would feel the same way that I do about it," Steverson said.

We reached out to a couple of other Sheriffs in Central Georgia to see what they think.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills says, "I am 100% for the death penalty but I don't have a problem with giving them one last meal as a gesture of kindness."

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said he doesn't have an opinion one way or the other about the menu, but says, "We should be grateful that justice has been served to the point that a death row inmate is receiving a last meal, regardless of what may be on the plate."

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