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Directly to jail With 2 million people in jail, the United States has more people incarcerated than any other nation on earth, including Russia and communist China. Among the inmate population are youth, some of whom will die behind bars -- of old age. For more check out this week's cover story beginning on page 17.
click to enlarge Andrea Boatman -  - Chicago -  - Student at University of Illinois -  - What do you think about sending juveniles to jail for life - without parole? It depends on the crime. It depends - on - the situation. I do think in some cases it's acceptable. -  - Why do we imprison so many people in the United - States? We call ourselves the land of the free, and - because we give ourselves so much freedom, people take - the freedom to the extreme. -  - Who's winning the war on drugs? It's not the - police. I - would say from what I've heard, from what I've been - seeing, it's the guys on the street, the drug dealers. In - many cases they pay the police off and the police go - along with it.
  • Andrea Boatman

    Chicago

    Student at University of Illinois

    What do you think about sending juveniles to jail for life without parole? It depends on the crime. It depends on the situation. I do think in some cases it's acceptable.

    Why do we imprison so many people in the United States? We call ourselves the land of the free, and because we give ourselves so much freedom, people take the freedom to the extreme.

    Who's winning the war on drugs? It's not the police. I would say from what I've heard, from what I've been seeing, it's the guys on the street, the drug dealers. In many cases they pay the police off and the police go along with it.

click to enlarge Jarrod Caudle	Divide -  - Mechanic -  - What do you think about sending juveniles to jail for life - without parole? I don't think it's right. I believe that - juveniles tend to make irrational decisions, and putting - them in prison for life is definitely an adult thing to do. I - don't think that juveniles have the capacity to determine - their fate like that. There's got to be some other method. -  - Why do we imprison so many people in the United - States? The U.S. is a lot less lenient. It's more about - an - eye for an eye. -  - What do you think about the death penalty? I'm - against - it, because Jesus Christ is our ultimate maker, and the - Bible says not to judge people. And, point blank, if you're - putting someone to death, then you're judging them, - and God's the only one that should be able to do that.
  • Jarrod Caudle

    Divide

    Mechanic

    What do you think about sending juveniles to jail for life without parole? I don't think it's right. I believe that juveniles tend to make irrational decisions, and putting them in prison for life is definitely an adult thing to do. I don't think that juveniles have the capacity to determine their fate like that. There's got to be some other method.

    Why do we imprison so many people in the United States? The U.S. is a lot less lenient. It's more about an eye for an eye.

    What do you think about the death penalty? I'm against it, because Jesus Christ is our ultimate maker, and the Bible says not to judge people. And, point blank, if you're putting someone to death, then you're judging them, and God's the only one that should be able to do that.

click to enlarge Greg Campbell -  - Manitou Springs -  - Door Mechanic -  - Why do we imprison so many people in the United - States? The war on drugs. It's actually a war on - people. -  - Who's winning the war on drugs? Well, it's - unwinnable, - for one thing. It's a big waste of money. It's a population - control technique. [A drug] is a controlled substance, but - it's uncontrollable. -  - What do you think about the death penalty? - Well, - definitely against it because of the recent DNA - discoveries of people in jail for 20, 30 years who were - innocent. How many people were killed because of a - wrong conviction?
  • Greg Campbell

    Manitou Springs

    Door Mechanic

    Why do we imprison so many people in the United States? The war on drugs. It's actually a war on people.

    Who's winning the war on drugs? Well, it's unwinnable, for one thing. It's a big waste of money. It's a population control technique. [A drug] is a controlled substance, but it's uncontrollable.

    What do you think about the death penalty? Well, definitely against it because of the recent DNA discoveries of people in jail for 20, 30 years who were innocent. How many people were killed because of a wrong conviction?

click to enlarge Brandy Davis	Downtown -  - Homemaker -  - What do you think about sending juveniles to jail for life - without parole? I think it's a good thing if they - deserve it. -  - Why do we imprison so many people in the United - States? [We're] not as lenient, and for the harder - criminals, very few states do the death penalty, so they - rack up a lot of people who just sit there. -  - What do you think about the death penalty? I'm - for it. We - have people sitting in our prisons that are career - murderers. They murder several times to get in there - and when they're in there, they murder people and say, - "Hey, I'm already doing life, what's it matter?" All they're - doing is taking up taxpayers' money.
  • Brandy Davis

    Downtown

    Homemaker

    What do you think about sending juveniles to jail for life without parole? I think it's a good thing if they deserve it.

    Why do we imprison so many people in the United States? [We're] not as lenient, and for the harder criminals, very few states do the death penalty, so they rack up a lot of people who just sit there.

    What do you think about the death penalty? I'm for it. We have people sitting in our prisons that are career murderers. They murder several times to get in there and when they're in there, they murder people and say, "Hey, I'm already doing life, what's it matter?" All they're doing is taking up taxpayers' money.

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