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Holy smokes, Batman!

Ah, the criminal justice system; the entire reason were addicted to Cops. Well, that and Ted Turner, but we wont go there. Our society carries on a strange love affair with crime, but when faced with the prospect of any sort of intervention into their own lives by the system, people go into a cold sweat. Its a scary thing. Once, a friend and I got in trouble with the cops for making prank phone calls, and that was enough to get reprimanded by a kindly officer and grounded for a month by my mom. Imagine if you got caught walking down the street with a joint!

click to enlarge Rachel Hess
  • Rachel Hess

Rachel Hess
Student
Neighborhood: Old North End

What do you think about the War on Drugs? I think its a nice idea, but it hasnt been very effective so far.

What do you think about pepper spraying inmates? It really depends upon the circumstances. If there are very fervent protocols about when that can be used and when it cannot and if those protocols are adhered to, and if guards are held responsible for spraying indiscriminately, then I think its all right. But if the guards have no rules governing it, I think it can be really abused.

What about strapping them immobile onto chairs? Again, it depends on the circumstances; if thats the only way to ensure the safety of that inmate, and of the inmates around him, and of the guards then yes, but there needs to be really firm protocols around it.

How many people do you know who have spent time in jail? Actually, several people that Ive met have spent time in jail, mostly overnight and not as a long-term thing.

Whats the last thing you did that, if caught, would have landed you in jail? The last thing I did that did land me in jail was fail to pay a speeding ticket.

click to enlarge Rachel Melat
  • Rachel Melat

Rachel Melat
Self-employed
Neighborhood: West Side

What do you think about the War on Drugs? Well, I think that its a good idea except that I think a lot of energy could be put into things that are more important.

What do you think about pepper spraying inmates? Its probably not the right way to handle things, but the criminal justice system is really fucked up here, anyway. The jails are overcrowded; the reasons why theyre crowded are fucked up, so they have to use pepper spray.

What about strapping them immobile onto chairs? Thats terrible, its inhumane.

How many people do you know who have spent time in jail? A lot. Including myself.

Whats the last thing you did that, if caught, would have landed you in jail? Drove drunk, probably.

click to enlarge Rohelle Miller
  • Rohelle Miller

Rochelle Miller
Clerk
Neighborhood: West Side

What do you think about the War on Drugs? I think were losing.

What do you think about pepper spraying inmates? I think if it will keep the officers safe, then they definitely should do it.

What about strapping them immobile onto chairs? If its a necessary precaution, it should be done.

How many people do you know who have spent time in jail? Quite a few.

Whats the last thing you did that, if caught, would have landed you in jail? Driving illegally.

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