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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A House committee has voted to prohibit North Carolina death row inmates from watching television, although the warden for the condemned prisoners warned removing the TVs could increase violence at Central Prison.

A divided judiciary panel recommended the ban Wednesday.

The bill’s chief proponent said the measure is a response to a convicted killer’s letter talking about a life of leisure and watching color TV on death row. Rep. Tim Moore of Cleveland County said colleagues should support anything to make death row a less pleasant place.

Central Prison Warden Kenneth Lassiter told the committee television is a management tool for idle prisoners and said the prisoner who wrote the letter – Danny Hembree – doesn’t have access to TV anymore.

The bill’s next stop is the full House.

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12 Comments on "NC House panel votes to bar death row TVs"

Guest Apu
2015 years 8 months ago

That’s a ridiculous comment. I don’t know anyone who thinks the murderers on death row just need a good hug. They’re on Death row for good reason. But if you think a prison guard being killed is a good trade just to take away some prison TVs, you’re warped.

2015 years 8 months ago

…than the liberal “lets hug the bad away” programs. You liberals seem to think there is good in everybody.

2015 years 8 months ago

I agree with some of the comments made here. These people are on death row for a reason and the fact that they are given many benefits and perks is a concern. Most prisoners, not all (depending on states) receive medical care (better than we do), education, tvs, gyms and libraries that some of us may not even have access to. That is enough to make people upset.

On the other hand, I can’t imagine being stuck in a cell with nothing to do 24/7. It looks to me like it would create a very angry and hostile response. Again, they did the crime, they pay the time – but to what extent!

If they have the use of tv, it should be controlled and they should have limited viewing. No cable – just educational channels. I can’t afford cable – why should he/she be able to watch want they want to anytime?

There has to be some type of balance but taxpayers money should not be wasted!

2015 years 8 months ago

If they’re on death row aren’t they considered violent anyway?
AND…two more questions:

1) Why are we concerned about THEIR comfort, and….
2) Are guards and staff not trained for these jobs?

They don’t need the comforts of home. They are the worst of the worst offenders. They have food and shelter and probably health care, etc. That’s more than their victims have.

2015 years 8 months ago

“…the warden for the condemned prisoners warned removing the TVs could increase violence at Central Prison.”

Not if they’re kept in solitary confinement.

Guest Apu
2015 years 8 months ago

You can’t keep prisoners in solitary indefinitely – they have to be let out occasionally for things recreation (even if it’s inside an enclosed “yard”), showers, etc. To do so is considered cruel and unusual.

The warden isn’t talking about just violence against other prisoners. He’s talking about prisoners attacking the guards, who are the authority figure who took the TVs away. These guys are on death row, with no hope of ever being released. If they kill a few guards, what’s the punishment? Are you going to execute them twice? They have absolutely nothing to lose.

There needs to be something to occupy the prisoners time, or else they just have more idle time to stew and come with new ways to cause mayhem and violence within their little world.

This Republican show of being “tough on crime” is going to get a bunch of guards hurt and/or killed.

2015 years 8 months ago

Just execute them.

Prison Worker
2015 years 8 months ago

Another knee-jerk response from a “taxpayer” who thinks they know everything about everything. What about violence against staff or against themselves? There is no such thing as true solitary confinement. Death row inmates have little interaction as it is. The more idle time an inmate has on his hands, the more dangerous he is. Yet another fine example of politicians, administrators, and the like pushing laws and policies without regard to those in the trenches.

2015 years 8 months ago

We have a huge budget deficit, our public schools are going down the toilet, we just passed hate-based legislation and became a state of bigots…but our legislators time is needed caring about what Prisoners watch on television? If they bought the TV, they can have it…they won’t need it much longer, they are on death row!

WHO CARES! Where the f**k is Cleveland County anyway?

Guest CommonTater
2015 years 8 months ago

was actually carried out when handed down we wouldn’t have this idiotic issue would we?

Citizen of the Republic
2015 years 8 months ago

They should have to watch The Maury show 24 hours a day.

They could alternate between “Which of these 5 men are my baby daddy”,
or “did you cheat on me with my sister”.

That would be justice.

Guest CommonTater
2015 years 8 months ago

How about this? Let’s not leave them on death row long enough to watch tv? Any better? Or are “we” still offended?



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