Tod Oberg, a reporter at ABC 13, interviewed some of the prisoners in-person.
“I can buy a gun today,” said Rodney Rachal, who is serving a life sentence for murder.
“How fast?” Oberg asked.
“As fast as I can follow the traffic to the drug dealers, they’ll have some for sale,” Rachal said.
Prisoner Cedric Jones said he regrets his crime – and says the only thing that could have saved him was a job. He sold drugs to make money for his family
“By me having felonies, it’s hard getting a job,” Jones, who was a convict at age 19, told the TV station. “I did try to get a job a couple of times. I tried to go to school for fixing motorcycles because I had felonies. So, what am I supposed to do? Let my kids starve?”
If he had had a regular 9-to-5 job, Jones said, his life “would be completely different.”
“I would love to have a job,” he said. “… I probably wouldn’t be in jail. Having a job would have changed it a lot.”
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