A letter written by a man convicted of two murders who now sits on Death Row is sparking some possible changes in the state’s prisons.
State Rep. Tim Moore introduced a bill Wednesday that would ban television on Death Row in North Carolina. The move comes after Danny Hembree wrote a letter that described the comforts of the prison system.
A subsequent letter scaled back those praises and he said prison was not a place anyone should or would enjoy.
“A jury has found him guilty. A jury has decided the death penalty. Then I’m not concerned with their comfort in prison. I think they should not be comfortable in prison. They have been sentenced to death,” Moore said.
The state’s Department of Correction responded by email Wednesday night and said the televisions in prisons are a management tool that helps the staff keep order and a safe environment in the prisons.
Moore hopes the bill will move through the House during the short session, but it could get pushed to the next session in January.