In 1998, Amnesty International declared the United States to be consistently and methodically denying basic human rights to prisoners in this nation.
There is no attempt at rehabilitation going on in prison anymore. There are so many inmates now that all we can do is warehouse them. Most educational programs have been dropped. Prison libraries have been minimized. Overcrowding is an issue.
Medical treatment is negligible or nonexistent. Mental and emotional abuse is rampant, and physical abuse by guards is rising. The use of solitary confine-ment is extreme!!! The policies designed to instill fear in both the inmates and their keepers are breeding unnecessary violence. When guards make their own rules, they are seldom disciplined. Even non-violent prisoners soon learn to hate and disrespect corrupt authority and a society that encourages it.
Prisoners are coming out more damaged than when they went in. Most inmates will be released one day and every time the prison doors open and an angry unbalanced prisoner emerges, society puts itself in more danger.
The liability to taxpayers for upkeep of each inmate is between $22,000 - $40,000, depending upon the facility. A new prison is built every week at the expense of school budgets. Are we willing to sacrifice even the children and our own humanity to maintain such a frightening system?
Below is a documentary that was filmed in America's Brutal Prisons. The scenes are real and not portrayed by actors. They are some graphic scenes that should not be seen by children. You are seeing the truth as it is being filmed, but of course, we all know what goes on inside beyond what we can see, is much worse, than some of us can even imagine.
It is not an easy film to watch but if there are parents in the audience--I'm asking that you please take the time to watch because the brutality begins in the jails even before you are convicted. If your child ends up in jail overnight for a minor offense and you decide to leave them there. If they are not the same person when they return, then you can believe some of what you seen, happened to them --- or maybe they just seen what was happening and they come out telling you all these stories, that you just know they are making up --- remember -- the film -- yes, all of it happens in jail while you are being detained, before you are convicted, not all the time and not to everyone ~ but you never know whose child it will be --- maybe even you.
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Men were not meant to control other men. No "state" public relations scheme of "protection" and other political gibberish can change this. I urge everyone to read about the Stanford Prison Experiment. Go to http://www.prisonexp.org/. This experiment, where healthy (mentally and physically) men were put in control over other men, had to be stopped after only six days because the men put in control became sadistic.
If these men became sadistic within six days, then consider the nature of a man/woman who has been controlling other men and women for years, such as pretended "presidents," "judges" and "governors".
Is it any wonder men and women pretending to be "states" provide their wonderful services at the barrel of a gun?
In fact, the situation gets worse when there is a lack of responsibility and accountability, go to http://www.new-life.net/milgram.htm and read about the Milgram Experiment. Ever hear of "sovereign" and "judicial" immunity? Chilling, to say the least.
"I am sure there was no man born marked of God above another for none comes into the world with a saddle upon his back, neither any booted and spurred to ride him." Last words of Richard Rumbold before being hanged for planning an insurrection against the tyrant Charles II, 1679
Philip G. Zimbardo © 1999-2005
Welcome to the Stanford Prison Experiment web site, which features an extensive slide show and information about this classic psychology experiment, including parallels with the recent abuse of Iraqi prisoners. What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions we posed in this dramatic simulation of prison life conducted in the summer of 1971 at Stanford University. How we went about testing these questions and what we found may astound you. Our planned two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life had to be ended prematurely after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, our guards became sadistic and our prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress. Please join me on a slide tour describing this experiment and uncovering what it tells us about the nature of Human Nature.
What suspects had done was to answer a local newspaper ad calling for volunteers in a study of the psychological effects of prison life. We wanted to see what the psychological effects were of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. To do this, we decided to set up a simulated a prison and then carefully note the effects of this institution on the behavior of all those within its walls.
More than 70 applicants answered our ad and were given diagnostic interviews and personality tests to eliminate candidates with psychological problems, medical disabilities, or a history of crime or drug abuse. Ultimately, we were left with a sample of 24 college students from the U.S. and Canada who happened to be in the Stanford area and wanted to earn $15/day by participating in a study. On all dimensions that we were able to test or observe, they reacted normally.
Our study of prison life began, then, with an average group of healthy, intelligent, middle-class males. These boys were arbitrarily divided into two groups by a flip of the coin. Half were randomly assigned to be guards, the other to be prisoners. It is important to remember that at the beginning of our experiment there were no differences between boys assigned to be a prisoner and boys assigned to be a guard.
Please click below to watch the slide tour. Very interesting experiment to watch. No graphic scenes -- approved for every age but does reveal a lot about
ourselves to us.
In 2003 U.S. soldiers abused Iraqi prisoners
held at Abu Ghraib, 20 miles west of Baghdad.
The prisoners were stripped, made to wear bags over their heads, and sexually humiliated while
the guards laughed and took photographs. How is this abuse similiar to or different from what took place in the Stanford Prison
Modified: July 5, 2005