Former editorial page editor Steve Ford, who retired from The N&O in December, has started a gig keeping an eye on the General Assembly goings-on for the NC Council of Churches, sending the news through a biblical and moral filter.
His latest blog post is on the N.C. Senate's removal of funding for N.C. Prisoner Legal Services, which attorney Bradley Bannon wrote about in a Sunday Point of View.
Here's an excerpt from Ford's post:
A constant temptation is to let convicted criminals basically stew in their own juices, as if to treat prison inmates decently and fairly – inmates who have forfeited their freedom, after all — were to coddle instead of punish. That seems to be the mindset behind a shortsighted move in the state Senate to zero out funding for the agency that helps prisoners pursue appeals of convictions and claims of abuse.
The Senate’s proposed state budget would scrap the arrangement whereby attorneys with nonprofit N.C. Prisoner Legal Services help inmates with their cases, under a contract costing the state $2.89 million a year.
Read the rest here.