Stephen Chapman’s essay “The Prisoner’s Dilemma,” compares two different cultures and their ideologies with regards to justice and punishment. Chapman’s topic can definitely be seen as controversial as it questions the morality of both foreign and western societies justice systems. If one is not reading and thinking objectively it can strike a mine is better mindset within the reader in the first page of his argument. The viewpoint he takes is not one that is commonly displayed nor talked about. Stephen Chapman’s claim in the essay is essentially that western societies prison system is a more cruel form of punishment than middle eastern practices of physical harm.
“Over time it destroys them psychologically and brings outrage and sadism and violence and brutality”(Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). If my state was planning on opening up a supermax prison, I would present them with the ways inmates can earn their way out is by self-control, following the direction of the staff, and participate in work-study programs as well as educational programs. Although “supermax prisons subject inmates to extreme isolation and sensory deprivation for extended periods of time, the main goal and focus are to teach them how to obey the laws of the facility and have respect for the staff and other inmates”(Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). In order to released from supermax inmates will have to go under monitoring to ensure that they have gain control of their behaviors
The Stanford Prison Experiment was a psychological experiment to see what would happen when good people were put into evil environments. The participants were male college students who were randomly assigned to be guards or prisoners. The objective of the experiment was to see what would happen when good people are placed into horrible places. Also, if people not inor with less authority would stand up to those in more authority. My claim is that the Stanford Prison Experiment proves that good people can be easily corrupted by power.
The experiment developed into something more abstract. This essentially unethical experiment showed to what extent people are willing to step into their “social roles,” and how granting power to individuals will cause corruption. This kind of personality defect has been present all throughout history. John Dalberg- Acton once said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts
The state of California decided they needed to make a ¨reform¨ in the system, which they did by looking to see where it began to go wrong. In the end they found out the over prisonment was due to the amount of sentences the judges sentenced people. Moor uses the word ¨reform¨ in his article to show the changes being made, but the word reform fits the context better. The word changes would imply that there was something wrong, but by using the word ¨reform¨ he is saying that they are just needing to alter things. At the time there were many new laws being added, everything was getting altered, he was making reference to the current problem.
However, if there were other choices, I would have tried to change the stimulation and limit the guards’ authority after witnessing an abuse. If the guard goes beyond the line and abuse the prisoners, then I would have let that guard go. I would try to fix the experiment first. If a prisoner breaks down, I would release him from the experiment. No innocent person deserves to go through such emotional abuse like some of the prisoners did.
Many politicians, unfortunately, like to criticize a facility and automatically change the organization without knowing what’s going on. That being said, the second way life staff, supervisors and administrators could work together with politicians is by allowing them to enter the facility so they could evaluate the organization since they no way in knowing the functions by just looking at data or paperwork (Stojkovic, Kalinich and Klofas, 2008). They’ll ask for a tour throughout the prison and attempt to provide the ones in charge with advice. It’s crucial to not ignore every request, but at the same time, allow them to manipulate anyone with high authority in the facility. That last and final way politicians could play out towards the life staff, supervisors and administrators is with their expectations.
Juveniles that commit heinous crimes, such as murder, should be sentenced to life in prison because their mind is developed enough to where they are conscious of what they are performing. When juveniles commit crimes, people say they are not fully aware of what they are implementing. People also say that juveniles should not be sent to life in prison because they haven’t lived their full life and they need to experience more within the world. What they have not noticed is that they need to somehow learn from their mistakes. How are they going to learn if they supposably “do not” know what they did
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.
This shows the severity that almost all men have been subject to assuming a false sense of conformity due to the control of government over our everyday lives. However, Thoreau implies that humans can revolt against their own government if they feel as if it is becoming too tyrannical. This idea is more practical than rejecting government as a
In Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, he states that “[a] real subjection is born mechanically from a fictitious relation” (202). That is, to say the gaze of those observing you is a chiasmus. Chiasmus is a verbal pattern where the second half of an expression is balanced against the first with revised. For example, the prisoners in the panopticon , which is a circular structure that has light thrust up each individual person, so it makes it extremely difficult to tell if a guard is looking at you. Basically, the idea of this structure was for the prisoners to fear and internalize the gaze.
Ashley, I concur that the Stanford Prison Experiment did, in fact, violate research ethics. I believe that Zimbardo’s research experiment violated the ACJS code, specifically, the experiment did expose participants to more than a minimal risk of personal harm, and the research purposes were not fully disclosed to the participants. Zimbardo himself also admitted that his research experiment violated these standards. I further believe that Zimbardo made several errors in his research including the fact that he gave himself a position in the experiment as “prison warden”. Clearly Zimbardo should have had another person play this role so he could remain independent, an error Zimbardo also admits to having done.