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A lot of people are being held hostage by their past. If you do time, there’s no opportunity when you get out. America doesn’t let you move on. Robert Stroud, Salesman, Dorchester
There is so much crime these days. There are more people being arrested. Lavon, Food Services, Roxbury
There’s no level playing field. Everybody in the U.S. doesn’t get a chance. Prison is a warehouse for minorities. There’s no education in prison. Just basketball and weights. Keith Hicks, Retired, South End
Lack of education and employment opportunities. People are frustrated and they commit crimes. Doreen Warfield, Customer Service, Roxbury
I don’t think people care. They’re not looking for a real solution. They send people to prison, but don’t deal with the underlying issue: People don’t have job skills. Chunsu King, Construction, Roxbury
Because people do things out of desperation. A lot of people are committing crimes to survive. Anthony Chase, Retired, Brockton
Why do you think the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world?