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Database records last words of inmates put to death
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Database records last words of inmates put to death

Database records last words of inmates put to death
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Database records last words of inmates put to death

Texas keeps the database although there isn’t much of an explanation as to why.

The lone star state has executed more inmates than any other crossing the 500 mark last week.

The database shows a great number of those about to die say nothing but others are not shy.

28 year old Jesse Hernandez blurted out “Go Cowboys” before his execution last year.

There are soft words of faith and apologies to family as well other personal messages.

A human rights professor at Southern Methodist University told the New York TImes he is not happy with the list saying "the death penalty is a process, not an act, and posting the final words of a condemned person after a process which has usually lasted a decade or more is simply a disservice."

Jim Willett is a retired warden. He watched as 89 statements were made followed by the execution of those inmates.

He says while they can be moving and emotional it hasn’t changed his opinion and support of the death penalty. "You can hear it in their voices sometimes and in their delivery that they are sincerely hurting for the pain that they put their own family through.”

If you choose you can see the database here.

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