This is the second time in two days someone has written about the penal system in Texas. Yesterday it was Roger Ebert who offered serious criticism of the entire Death Penalty mechanism in the US. He started with Huntsville, but ended condemning US Justice as a whole. Today the NYT is discussing what happens to those in Texas who die either behind bars, or strapped to the executioner’s table. Its moving and poigniant. Its also disturbing that the last humanity a prisoner might experience is when he is dead. A mitzvah for the dead is a truely hollow moment.