Jail Break

After Serving 20 Years for Her Role in a Violent Bank Robbery, Former Weatherman Kathy Boudin Is Up for Parole. Has She Paid Her Debt?

PATRICIA BEATO
Age 22
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Actress/designer

What was the Weather Underground? I've never heard of it.

Should Kathy Boudin be paroled? Yes, 20 years is enough. She may not have known what she was doing. I believe in peaceful revolution. I have friends who are in jail for protesting the navy's bombing of Vieques. If you go to Vieques, you see people whose hair won't grow, who have cancer. The navy is testing all kinds of things, maybe even nuclear weapons, on the island.

Is there something you believe in strongly enough to go to jail for? If the situation in Vieques doesn't improve, I could picture going to jail over it. I wouldn't mind telling my parents that I'd been arrested for protesting the bombing.


GERRY WHITE
Age 32
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Musician

What was the Weather Underground? I have no idea.

Should Kathy Boudin be paroled? Yes. It's been 20 years. There should be some leniency.

Is there something you believe in strongly enough to go to jail for? I've already been through those periods where I was enraged at the system. Now, I know people who spent three days in jail because of a parking ticket, and from the way they described it, I know I don't want to spend any time there.


MARIE PINEDA
Age 19
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

What was the Weather Underground? I've never heard of it.

Should Kathy Boudin be paroled? No. It's the same thing to drive the truck as to pull the trigger.

Is there something you believe in strongly enough to go to jail for? Personally, I'm not the type of person to get involved in that way. Only once did I protest, and that was in the Philippines, which is where I'm from. Everyone was protesting [President] Estrada, and although there had been a series of peaceful protests, this particular one was the result of increased momentum. All of my friends went, and it was very satisfying to be on the street, protesting nonviolently.


VIRGIE BRIGHT
Age over 21
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Physician

What was the Weather Underground? I'm not sure.

Should Kathy Boudin be paroled? I don't know what the appropriate sentence would be for a crime like this. I'm against capital punishment, but what's the maximum penalty?

Is there something you believe in strongly enough to go to jail for? Regardless of how passionate I was about an issue, I would never be involved in anything that hurt another person. There are issues that I might commit civil disobedience for.


EMILIO SOSA
Age over 21
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Costume designer

What was the Weather Underground? I don't know.

Should Kathy Boudin be paroled? Crime is crime. It's all the same whether it's a crime of principle or one committed for profit or if you're an addict robbing a grocery store for money to buy drugs.

Is there something you believe in strongly enough to go to jail for? Arts funding. To be a working artist here is an oxymoron.


DUANE MOODY
Age 30
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Opera singer

What was the Weather Underground? I don't know.

Should Kathy Boudin be paroled? Yes. You never know how people get involved in things like this. She might have thought it was just going to be a bank robbery. A lot of people are young and weak-minded; they're easily influenced and maybe they have a boyfriend they look up to.

Is there something you believe in strongly enough to go to jail for? I haven't been moved enough to get involved like that yet. If I'd been alive during the civil rights movement, I would have been a part of that.


TOM KUNTZ
Age 29
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Director

What was the Weather Underground? I really don't know.

Should Kathy Boudin be paroled? I don't feel I can answer that, since I'm not familiar with her case. In general, I hate the way people are punished for crimes in this country.

Is there something you believe in strongly enough to go to jail for? Fifteen years ago, I was a lot more willing to get involved like that. I'm a vegetarian, so there are animal rights issues that I imagine I would get arrested over. For instance, I might help spring laboratory animals who were being experimented on, but you really have to educate yourself before you get involved. You never know the real agendas of people who claim to be activists.

 
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