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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.   



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