The physical violence we can see in the novel is when the prison guards horrifically torture and beat the prison inmates. In several stories within Persepolis, the prison guards would torture and rape prison inmates because they were trying to get a confession out of the inmates. Although Marji did not first handedly see these horrible tortures, they were still widely talked about and feared all over Iran. The Iranians were also psychologically tortured as well as physically tortured. Several Iranians became psychologically tortured by the Iranian government.
In the Abu Ghraib prison scandal of 2004, Iraqi prisoners were interrogated where accounts of psychololgical, physical and sexual abuse, including torture, rape and homicide. This “form” of interrogation was practiced my U.S. military police at the prison. Although the solders are responsible for there actions they where under strict orders that went against the Geneva convention conduct of war. When the scandal surfaced the U.S. government denied all knowledge and participation and blamed the solders. After comparing the Abu Ghraib schandle and the Milgram experiment its easy to see that the government had a big roll in influencing soilders.
Cases of juveniles being abused both physically and sexually as well as the suffering they endure in adult prisons have been rampant in the world today. Luck of proper facilities, information and law enforcement officers being left at their own discretion to decide on where to hold a minor when they are arrested have largely contributed to this problem. The question that everybody asks is how do you handle underage criminals who are a threat to public safety without exposing them to more harm? Statistics show that majority of the victims who commit suicides in jail are underage. As much as jails are meant to correct bad behaviors, there is a loophole when it comes to distinction between juvenile and adult jail.
When the death penalty was no more the jail suffered overcrowding which led to riots, escapes, and prison guards were attacked. The Pennsylvania Prison Society and the Philadelphia Society for Alluarting Misers of Public Prisons stepped in to solve the overcrowding issue by building Pittsburgh Western Penitentiary and Cherry Hill Prison. Today there are 1,200 prisons in the United States and overcrowding is still an issue. Lawmakers believe in three main goals of the correctional system: 1. Punish those who are found guilty of the
Some prison overcrowding may exaggerate harsh and unpleasant conditions to the extent that they have become unconstitutional. One inmate claimed he was being subject to “cruel and unusual punishment due to overcrowding, excessive noise, inadequate heating and cooling, improper ventilation, unclean and insufficient restrooms, unsanitary dining facilities, etc” (Gaes). There have been numerous cases that have gone to the supreme court about prison facilities and their over crowdedness. Court orders have already forced the cutting loose of violent detainees awaiting trials or serving sentences in jails (Lauder). |Table 1 | |Cross-jurisdictional Comparison of Rates of Double-Bunking in Cells | | |
Battalion, was assigned to staff the prison and was charged with the upkeep of the facility and its inmates. Within the unit, a select few soldiers displayed extremely unethical and disgraceful actions toward Arab inmates, without any repercussions from the superior officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Phillabaum (Hersh, 12). Some of the horrific incidents performed on the prisoners included; breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees, threatening male detainees with rape, as well having the prisoners perform homosexual acts on one another and photographing the incidences (Hersh, 13). Homosexual acts are frowned upon in many cultures, but is completely against Islamic law. Having those Arab detainees perform those gruesome and degrading actions is entirely unethical.
PHL 2000 12-12-12 Thoughts on Prostitution Throughout modern day society, the action of prostitution is often seen as debatable with respect to different ethical issues. Prostitution can be defined as “The act or practice of engaging in sexual intercourse for money,” and is usually provided as an underground service. Although the practice is illegal in most places, it actually becomes a “viable” job source for many women. The majority of prostitutes are female, mainly from the nature of the job; however men do become prostitutes on occasion. Prostitution raises many ethical issues from it being immoral because it tends to involve coercion, prostitution can be exploitive, it is degrading and involves violence/HIV.
Reportedly, women suffered from torture only rarely and lords and high officials were exempted from the act. There were different ways with which to perform torture upon a prisoner, all of which are humiliating and painful. Boiling a prisoner to death was called for when the crime committed was poisoning. Cutting off the right hand, as well as plucking out eyes with hot pinchers and tearing off fingers in some cases, was the punishment for stealing. Mutilation and branding were also popular
Prison itself is not what alters a prisoner’s mental state, but the adjustment and amount of time spent in jail. I found that there are many negative effects of serving time in jail and ways to take the edge off of the changes. Prisons that use solitary confinement are the harshest form of psychological torture. Solitary confinement is a form of punishment used in jails as a punishment for bad behavior. Bad behavior in prison ranges from not following instructions to being a danger to other people’s safety.
Drug dealers and gang bangers (members of urban street gangs) are hated by society, but they occupy positions of importance and power in the cellblocks. Even strong-arm rapists who sexually assault other inmates are grudgingly admired in prison for their ability to dominate the weak (Hassine). Prisoners claim that an inmate code (or a set of values and beliefs distinctive to prisons) binds this subculture together. This code is the unofficial rule book for the informal organization of inmates. In particular, the code depicts prison as a chaotic, violent, and predatory jungle; inmates call penitentiaries gladiator schools, where only the strong survive (Abbott).