Prisons in the 1971 were a truly horrific place. Not only were criminals being punished by incarceration but they were being day in and day out by cruelty of the prison staff. This corrupt system of retribution became evident to a man named Philip G. Zimbardo. Zimbardo’s initial aim of the Stanford Prison experiment was to determine if it was the environment or if it was the conflicting personalities between guards and criminals that brought about the brutality in prisons. The experiment developed into something more abstract.
The kindred then mentor the new recruits (Holthouse, 2005). Crimes conducted by the Aryan Brotherhood Prison Murders The AB organization prisoners make up less than 1% of the US inmates population, they were responsible for over 18% of all prison murders that were recorded. Identity Theft The brotherhood is highly involved in identity theft outside prison, making them imposters and committing crimes with fake identities which lead arrest of innocent citizens (Coverson,
This bad treatment strengthens the theme of dehumanization by creating this given belief of the zeks as worthless. The theme of dehumanization then in general, shows up in many ways throughout the book. Calling the prisoners “beaten dogs”, for example, and referring to them as animals and other subhuman words lowers their assumed status to something less than human. As well as this, the way they are treated by each other and the guards further enforces this idea. The theme of dehumanization in A Day in the Life then is clearly used to emphasize what life was like in a prison
Another death, bizarrely, was caused by a stunt that went horribly wrong. This prisoner died after falling down from the third level of the jail cage when he was attempting to carve his name on the ceiling. The final death was that of a police officer, not a prisoner. In 1932, during a farmer’s strike, about 84 people were arrested. The police officers carried machine guns to keep everything in control.
In other words, conditions in the camps for the Jews were so bad that something like being so cold that hands got stuck on rocks was normal to them, when it seems to society that that would be one of the worst pains imaginable. In Cambodia, many prisoners were tortured through cruel and unusual ways. These tortures were so excruciating that many people confessed to things they didn’t do to make it stop. The soldiers of these camps placed the prisoners in small, lonely jail cells, tied up and unable to move. Since they couldn’t move they were unable to get to a toilet or any of the other hygiene amenities.
In the United States prisons are third world structures in the first world construct. The third world represents “undeveloped” nations. In this paper, I propose reasons why the prison system here in America should be seen as an undeveloped structure within the construct of the first world. First, the concept of constant surveillance of prisoners, and the intimidation of the panopticon, causing self-correction in inmates, will be examined. The prison cell will be discussed, and how it plays a role in power and control over the inmate.
Everyone knows the name and deeds of John Wilkes Booth, who became the first person to successfully assassinate a United States president, as well as one of the most memorable names in American history. Fewer know of Booth’s several conspirators, eight to be exact, who provided the former actor with the supplies and support necessary to commit the heinous crime. Even fewer still know the name of Mary Surratt, a Southern loyalist who, on July 7, 1865, joined Booth on the list of infamous American historical figures by becoming the first woman to be hanged in the still-juvenile country. Surratt ran a boardinghouse in Washington D.C. where the majority of the conspiratory meetings were held in 1865, leading President Johnson to declare Mary Surratt had “kept the nest that hatched the egg” (Norton, 1996). Surratt’s role as the primary supplier and facilitator of the assassination plot has led many to declare her hanging as entirely justified, while other say mercy should have been take for a variety of reasons.
During those four years, many Jews died one way or another. But after 1938, all authority of imprisonment fell to the Nazis (www.ushmm.org Concentration Camps). This was the cause that forced nearly all Jews into cattle cars within a month. The Jews were convinced by the Nazis that they were just being relocated, but they were going to the so-called “Shower rooms,” but they were really gas chambers disguised(Blohm 48). Many of the concentration camps were improper, lacked protection from the weather, and one was just a series of tunnels inside a mountain that the Jews were forced on to build a secret weapon(Blohm 28) Many different countries did liberate the Jews.
It began in the U.S. with a Spanish spy named George Kendall, being the first of many to be hung. Since there are multiple types of hanging used for executions, determined by your size and body figure, death by hanging can be a slow and painful death. As seen in execution videos from Iran, the condemned are still alive for 10 seconds after they are dropped to their death; however, their body still twitches and yanks back and forth for up to three to six minutes afterwards (Cohn, 2016). Orwell continues to describe the living conditions the convicted were in as, “a row of sheds fronted with double bars, like animal cages” (1931). The convicts were treated as if they were unhuman, like animals being sent to the slaughter house.
On September 19, 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested and tried for murder on January 2, 1935. In the book “The Case Never Dies”, Gardner states that “there was insufficient evidence to convict him [Bruno]” (Gardner 1) of first degree murder. There were many witnessed that claimed Bruno gave them “ransomed bills” (Schwartz 3) at many businesses. The jury did not believe him when he took the stand and denied any involvement in the kidnapping. Bruno Richard Hauptmann was “put to death in the electric chair” (Crime Museum 2) on April 3, 1936.
Although the infamy of Alcatraz Federal Prison has faded over the decades, the mere mention of its name fifty years ago would make a prisoners’ ears tingle. From its start as a military prison, its reputation as a cruel and unforgiving penitentiary made it feared by criminals throughout America. When Alcatraz, also known as “The Rock,” opened in 1934, it was proclaimed to be an “unescapable prison,” meant for the worst convicts in America. Throughout its history, thirty-six inmates tried to escape, all of who failed… except for possibly three. The fate of these men has been under investigation for almost fifty years now.