Laboratories were turned into cells by removing the doors, and a closet was turned into solitary confinement. Everything was videotaped in the “prison”, and there was an intercom system that allowed the researchers to listen to the “prisoners” conversations and allowed them to make announcements. There weren’t any windows, and all clocks were removed. This left the prisoners with nothing to try and decide how much time had passed. When the 24 boys arrived, there were no differences between the college boys.
As negotiations broke down and hostages' lives were threatened, state police, on the order of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, stormed the prison and regained control of Attica. Attica was surrounded by a 30-foot wall, 2 feet thick, with fourteen gun towers. 54% of the inmates were black; 100% of the guards were white, many of whom were openly racist. Prisoners spent fourteen to sixteen hours a day in their cells, their mail was read, their reading
The original role for prisons was just to hold criminals and no regard was given for an inmate’s well-being. These prisons were often overcrowded and dirty (2011). The welfare of the inmates did not seem to matter. As Roth states in the text “Contrary to existing penal protocol, Rush envisioned a prison system in which convicts were housed in a large building equipped with single cells to segregate the more dangerous and disruptive prisoners. All others were lodged in apartments” (2011, p. 89).
Mount Joy Prison Mount Joy Prison was built in 1850. This prison was meant to hold 500 criminals and they said that it would never be filled completely but to this day there is almost double the amount of criminals that should be there. The criminals in the prison consist of drug users, car thieves, rapists and house burglars. The rapists have to be separated from the rest of the criminals because all the other people would kick the crap out of the rapists. In the mornings, the guards would get down along the cells as quick as possible, unlock all the cell doors and ask the inmates were they getting up.
The day we arrived I had no motivation to do anything. I didn’t unload the car or clean up after myself because I had been tired, grumpy, and unmotivated. I am usually a very outgoing person, especially when I am around family and friends, but since I didn’t sleep enough I was very quiet the rest of that day until I was able to get some sleep. After this long period of not sleeping, my motor skills were not as good as they normally are. I had trouble walking straight, was not functional enough to operate a motor vehicle safely, and I was shaky.
Zimbardo and his colleagues constructed the basement of Stanford University into an imitated prison. A newspaper ad was posted asking for male volunteers to play the role of prisoners and guards for two weeks in return getting compensated fifteen dollars a day. Twenty two Caucasian male Stanford University students were elected to take part of the experiment after each completing a questionnaire based on family history, and physical and mental health and followed by an interview. Participants were randomly assigned the role of prisoners or guards. Prisoners were arrested at their homes and were treated like criminals.
How many others in prison have those results? I did 11 years even though my psychiatrist said I would never commit another crime…. So what was the point? The only thing prison did for me was make me hate the legal system and change my career path. I no longer like the law at all… for I know it is corrupt and there are innocent people in prisons.
The fight for survival within the United State's prison system has created a subculture that breeds racism, hate, and violence. In most California Department of Corrections penitentiaries, a vast number of prison gangs consist of members of gangs prior to their incarceration. Many members, who got arrested, while incarcerated, continue to recruit and build new gangs. Other gang members in prison had no gang affiliation prior to their imprisonment but joined one of the prison gangs to obtain protection, or to control the drug trade within the prison. In other prisons, notably in California and Texas, most prison gangs have formed for drugs, power and complete authority of inmates within the prison yards.
When the sheriff asked to see their credentials, one of the men pulled a gun, shot the sheriff, and beat him into unconsciousness. Then taking the keys to the jail, the bandits freed Dillinger, locked the sheriff’s wife and a deputy in a cell, and leaving the sheriff to die on the floor, made their getaway. After the prison break, Dillinger and his gang went on to rob several other banks. They also plundered the police arsenals at Auburn, Indiana and Peru, Indiana, stealing several machine guns, rifles, and revolvers, a quantity of ammunition, and several bulletproof vests. On December 14, John Hamilton, a Dillinger gang member, shot and killed a police detective in Chicago.
When they returned to the station, the two officers then shoved a wooden stick up Louima’s rectum, and also held it in his face. Louima who had nothing to do with knocking Volpe down, but he was arrested and tortured. The officers involved threatened Louima not to tell anyone and then tried to cover up their excessive use of force. This shows that Officer Volpe violated Brooklyn police codes on force, and Louima’s civil rights. Another article was in February 1999; Roy Lynn was attacked by a police dog.