In a recently introduced bill, Representatives Larry Womble (D-Forsyth), Earline Parmon (D-Forsyth) and Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) propose to give free tuition to recently released convicts.
While the merits of giving people that have committed crimes against society a leg up after they complete their obligations to the state can be debated at length, there remains one huge question.
Will there be any room at Mayberry Tech for ex-offenders after North Carolina's Community Colleges allow illegal aliens to go to school at reduced, instate tuition rates? How will these two groups get along in class? The very jobs that ex-offenders hope to get with their new found education will likely go to illegal aliens (whose criminal background outside of the United States is undeterminable) at a cheaper price.
We have a choice to make. Give convicts a chance at a new life on this side of the bars or give their chance to someone that is not supposed to be here in the first place.