The Texas execution chamber is housed next to this larger
Prior to preparation for an execution, a condemned inmate can order a last meal. He or she will have 30 minutes to eat (3:20 to 4 pm). All visitations are stopped at 12:30 pm, except for the chaplain. Charles' last meal consisted of three tacos, three beef enchilada, french fries and a strawberry shake. Inmates can refuse the last meal. Loosing one's appetite at the last minutes seems normal. It is not mandatory that they eat what they ordered. After the meal the inmate takes a shower, and change into clean pants and shirt. After this the prepping process continues. A medically trained person inserts an intravenous catheter into the inmate's arm. The process is completed before relatives and witnesses arrive to witness the execution.
Before the execution families are kept apart. They never see each other. They do not walk down to the chamber together. If a witness or family member needs counseling prior to the execution, the service is provided. Everyone is escorted to the chamber about five minutes before the execution. After the execution concludes they are free to talk to each other and the media.
Strapped and ready
|Texas' well used execution chamber|
After an execution and death was confirmed, Charles's body is taken from the execution chamber to a waiting hearse. Usually, the body is either delivered to the a mortuary of choice as preplanned by the family, or buried by the state. The condemned, in a prearrangement, can request that his or her body be donated to the state's anatomical board for the purpose of medical research.
Chaplain opposes death penalty