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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Clayton Adams - Another victim of Idaho's corrupt and inept legal system

On March 11, 2006 at 1:30 in the morning, Clayton Adams was outnumbered 3 to 1. They attacked him and beat him severely, hitting him and kicking him; one of them beating him with a rock. At that point, Clayton's life flashed before his eyes, and he believed that he was going to die. He did the only thing he could do, and fought for his life. After struggling to be free, he finally got loose and fled.
(¯'·._.·*Ashley*·._.·'¯)
That same night, Clayton was arrested at his home and charged with capital murder, not even knowing someone had died during that fight. Because of poor police work, a public defender that did not, or would not, use all the evidence available, Clayton was unable to mount a proper defense or obtain any resemblance of a fair trial. The defense attorney did not even show up for the verdict which took 14 hours, and Clayton was found guilty of 2nd degree murder and aggravated battery. Clayton was given a life sentence plus ten years.


Clayton fought for his life that night, as anyone would, and is now spending his life in prison because of it. 
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(Clayton Adams is currently incarcerated in the Idaho Correctional Center)

To Read More of Clayton's Story Click the Link Below
http://www.americaswrongfullyconvicted.com/clayton_adams.htm
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Innocent behind bars in an Idaho Prison -The Unjust Imprisonment of Scott Molen

By William N. Grigg
Pro Libertate


When he was a free man: Scott Molen (right) enjoys a snowboarding trip with a friend.

Molen is presently serving a prison sentence for a crime he didn't commit -- a fact acknowledged by one of the people responsible for putting him behind bars.
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"When you boil the whole thing down and look at it," comments Ken McKay regarding the conviction of Boise resident Scott Molen on charges of sexual misconduct with his step-granddaughter, "there wasn't a single shred of evidence."

More:
http://www.2manywrongfulconvictions.com/p/unjust-imprisonment-of-scott-molen.html

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Idaho Correctional Center currently employs a doctor who has had sanctions placed against him for using his position as a physician to engage in improper, inappropriate, unprofessional and unethical sexual contact or conduct with certain patients.

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Boise doctor disciplined after allegations of sexual misconduct

by Justin Corr
KTVB.COM
Posted on October 8, 2010 at 6:27 PM
Updated Saturday, Oct 9 at 3:24 PM
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BOISE -- A Boise doctor had his license to practice medicine restricted after allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with patients.
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"Obviously, I was shocked," said Bill Alford, who used to see Dr. David Agler at Saint Alphonsus Medical Group.
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But Alford called one day, found his doctor was no longer there, and was shocked to hear what he was accused of.
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"It really, I think, calls into question the integrity of somebody like a doctor when they're accused of this type of thing," said Alford.
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The Idaho State Board of Medicine says that Agler may have used his position as a physician to engage in improper, inappropriate, unprofessional and unethical sexual contact or conduct with certain patients. When contacted, the Board of Medicine refused to elaborate with any details.
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Agler is no longer with Saint Alphonsus Medical Group and the hospital released a statement to KTVB, part of which says, "Saint Alphonsus removes physicians from patient care who we determine are unsafe to practice medicine."
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These allegations would not constitute any illegal activity, but they are grounds for medical discipline. There was no formal hearing in the matter. Instead, Dr. Agler and the Board of Medicine decided to enter in to an order that Agler would pay a fine, submit to various treatments, only practice medicine in the presence of another doctor or chaperone, and never engage in sexual contact with current or former patients.
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But Alford says he still isn't satisfied.
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"Cutting a deal is really doing a disservice to the community," Alford said. "Something like using your position for sexual favors is a big deal. And it really should not be something that they're making deals with doctors and letting them still practice medicine."
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KTVB attempted to contact Dr. Agler through his former office and attorney, but could not get a response.
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Again, these allegations do not constitute illegal activity. But they do violate Idaho Code relevant to doctors and surgeons, and makes them subject to discipline by the State Board of Medicine.
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To View the Entire Article Click on the Link Below:
http://www.ktvb.com/home/Boise-doctor-disciplined-after-allegations-of-sexual-misconduct-104607034.html
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According to IDOC Dr. David Agler now works for the Idaho Correctional Center as a physician and medical director.

Several inside sources at the ICC allege that Dr. Agler is not adhering to the Hippocratic Oath (see below) and is endangering the health of ICC's inmates. 
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 One inmate stated that Dr. Agler is denying him medications that were ordered by a previous ICC doctor and the previous warden becasue of an acute and chronic condition that the inmate is afflicted with.
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This inmate (name withheld due to fear of retaliation) stated that Dr. Agler refused to allow him to continue to receive his medication (for a chronic condition) from the medical department and laughed at him when he expressed his fear of being without his medication for the two weeks it will take to order it from commissary.
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Other inmates have stated that Agler is endangering their health but wish to remain anonymous because of pending legal action.
 

A Modern Version of the Hippocratic Oath
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I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant: 
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I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
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I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of over treatment and therapeutic nihilism.
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I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.
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I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patent's recovery.
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I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty.
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Above all, I must not play at God.
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I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
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I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
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I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
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If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help."

Prison Watch of Idaho Welcomes and Encourages Comments:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

David Dutt, a wrongfully convicted man, is denied parole because he refuses to admit to a crime he did not commit.

by Anonymous


David Dutt, a wrongfully convicted man, was denied parole June 7th and told to take a test.  We believe it is  a test called SORAG,  Olivia Craven was the one that told him and we  are finding that the sorag test is unreliable so why are they using it?

To Read David's Story Click on the Link Below:
http://www.2manywrongfulconvictions.com/2010/04/accusers-ad-victims-case-study-david.html



The Innocent Prisoners Dilemma

REMORSE IS A PREREQUISITE

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Showing remorse for the crime for which they he/she was sentenced increases a prisoner’s chances of parole; the parole board wants to see contrition, wants to see the individual accept the charges, faults and responsibility the court defined many years previous.

One problem. What if the offender was wrongfully convicted? What if he or she IS innocent? The situation becomes Kafkaesque; he or she must agree to a terrible and false scenario (their agency in a crime) in order to escape a much worse scenario (further imprisonment). If an innocent man or woman acknowledges responsibility in order to curry favour, they then become the writers not only of their own history but of their own future. The individual will be forever tied to his or her parole record and the “admission” of guilt. 
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Herbert Murray’s story is shocking. He spent more than 29 years in prison (he was eligible for parole after 15). Murray only got out due to advanced interventions from his original lawyer and the Second Look Clinic at Brooklyn Law School.

MORE:
http://prisonphotography.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/parole-hearings-and-the-innocent-prisoners-dilemma/

Prison Watch of Idaho Welcomes and Encourages Your Comments:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Guess what ICC fed it's inmates as a "special" meal on July 4th? You got it....Pink Slime Burger.

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On July 4th ICC, once again, out did themselves by serving another "special" treat to it's inmates...pink slime burgers.
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Many inmates, instead of eating the tainted burger, traded them for chocolate bars.
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No wonder the inmates at ICC are violent, depressed and malnourished.
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PWI poses these questions to the IDOC.... why isn't there any oversite on what ICC is feeding it's inmates? Why doesn't ICC conform with the same nutritional standards of the ISCI? and who is in charge of making sure Idaho's inmates, in every institution, receives proper nutrition which includes adequate fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains with every meal?
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We need to care about what inmates are being fed because malnutrition affects people negatively in every aspect of their lives, including when they are released from prison back into the public.
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Do we really want to deal with violent, aggressive, angry, malnourished people when they are released bank into our neighborhoods?
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This is what ICC fed it's inmates on July 4th as a "special" holiday treat... and what they continue to feed the inmates on a weekly basis...

Hamburger? Slime, Ammonia and Cow Shit



In our ongoing series “There’s WHAT in My Food?”, we submit for your reading pleasure (though probably not while you’re eating) our comments on a stunning New York Times investigation that exposed how an ammonia-treated beef filler used in 50% of the nation’s ground beef (possibly up to 80%, according to one industry source) has repeatedly been found contaminated with deadly e. coli and salmonella, despite claims that the ammonia-bathed product would actually eliminate the harmful bacteria.


"Meat maker Beef Products Inc (BPI) created a product the beef industry loves. Prior to BPI’s innovation, the slimiest, nastiest slaughterhouse scraps were used primarily for pet food (while the fatty bits were rendered for various oil-based food and non-food products). But in the late 1990’s, BPI began experimenting with ways to take these dirty, feces-stained scraps and turn them into, well, dirty, feces-contaminated burger filler...."

"To mask the odor and taste, it appears BPI started lowering the ammonia load. Problem is, less ammonia means more bacteria survive the process, resulting in a beef filler containing both shit and its attendant disease-causing microbes."
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"But it’s not only school kids who are unwittingly eating the BPI filler. Cargill, one of the country’s biggest suppliers of ground beef to institutions. . ."


"Those who continue to eat ground beef products should know that packaging instructions on proper cooking to kill potentially lethal bacteria lurking in the burger have proven inconsistent and inadequate to protect health. That’s why we recommend avoiding ground beef altogether, especially for kids, the elderly, and those with suppressed immune systems (in institutions such as jails and prisons) since these groups are most susceptible to deadly outcomes from food poisoning.
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Meanwhile, BPI has filed suit to keep secret company-funded safety studies on the meat slime that were conducted by scientists at Iowa State University.

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The company even claimed that adding its product to other ground beef would kill any bacteria in the mix (a bold claim, since the company’s own studies found no such significant effect).

BPI’s products tested positive for E. coli three times, and for salmonella forty eight times.... More
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To Read the Entire Article Click on the Link Below:
http://generationgreen.org/2010/02/hamburger-helper-slime-ammonia-and-cow-shit/

Prison Study to Investigate Link Between Junk Food and Violence - Another reminder to IDOC
By Jeremy Laurance
The Independent
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Some of the most challenging young prisoners are to be given food supplements in a study aimed at curbing violent behavior.
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Scientists from Oxford University say the effect of nutrition on behavior has been underestimated. They say increases in consumption of "junk" food (nutritionally poor meals served to inmates) over the past 50 years have contributed to a rise in violence.
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The university will lead the £1.4m study in which 1,000 males aged 16 to 21 from three young offenders' institutions in England and Scotland will be randomly allocated either the vitamin and mineral supplements or a placebo, and followed over 12 months.
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In a pilot study of 231 prisoners by the same researchers, published in 2002, violent incidents while in custody were cut by a more than a third among those given the supplements. Overall, offenses recorded by the prison authorities fell by a quarter.
John Stein, professor of physiology at Oxford University, said: "If you could extrapolate from those results you would see a reduction of a quarter to a third in violent offenses in prison. You could reduce violent offenses in the community by a third. That would have a huge economic benefit."

"Our initial findings indicated that improving what people eat could lead them to behave more sociably as well as improving their health. This is not an area currently considered in standards of dietary adequacy. We are not saying nutrition is the only influence on behavior but we seem to have seriously underestimated its importance."
Mark Walport, head of the Wellcome Trust, which is funding the three-year study, said: "
If this study shows that nutritional supplementation affects behavior it could have profound significance for nutritional guidelines, not only within the criminal justice system but in the wider community – in schools, for example.

We are all used to nutritional guidelines for our physical health but this study could lead to revisions taking account of our mental health."

The theory behind the trial is that when the brain is starved of essential nutrients, especially omega-3 fatty acids, which are a central building block of brain neurons, it loses "flexibility". This shortens attention spans and undermines self-control....

Bernard Gesch, a senior research scientist in the department of physiology and the director of Natural Justice, a charity that investigates the causes of offending, said the prisoners would be given the supplement containing 100 per cent of the recommended daily amount of more than 30 vitamins and minerals plus three fish-oil capsules totaling 2.25g on top of their normal diet.

"We are trying to rehabilitate the brain to criminal justice. The law assumes crime is a matter of free will. But you can't exercise free will without involving your brain and the brain can't function properly without an adequate nutrient supply. It may have an important influence on behavior."

"This is a positive approach to preventing the problems of antisocial and criminal behavior. It is simple, it seems to be highly effective and the only "risk" from a better diet is better health. It is a rare win-win situation in criminal justice."
The Ministry of Justice is backing the three-year study, which will start in May. David Hanson, the Prisons minister, said he hoped it would shed further light on the links between nutrition and behavior.
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http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200305/fighting-crime-nutrition
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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/prison-study-to-investigate-link-between-junk-food-and-violence-775176.html
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Prison Watch of Idaho Welcomes and Encourages Comments:

Monday, June 20, 2011

Conservative blogger blames Otter for Idaho prison woes



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Bill Turner says "taxpayers should be furious" about troubles at the Idaho Department of Correction, including a civil rights lawsuit over the management of a private prison, double-billing by an IT vendor and the hiring of a former Otter staffer as a top manager.
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In a posting titled, "Department of Corrections needs correcting," Turner urges readers to call Gov. Butch Otter and complain. Turner calls himself a "gonzo journalist" and writes as "Boise Conservative Examiner" for Examiner.com.
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"Idaho taxpayers should be furious over this," writes Turner. "Idaho teachers, who are underpaid and being let go at an alarming rate should be even more outraged as the education budget was raided this past legislative session. Could those millions of wasted dollars helped ease the tax burden in Idaho? Could it have been used as tax breaks to bring business and jobs to Idaho?"

Otter spokesman Jon Hanian declined comment.
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Turner cites the recent hiring of Josh Tewalt as deputy director of the Bureau of Prisons, writing, "Mr. Tewalt has been arrested three times for Driving Under the Influence. He is thirty one years old and has no college education. Aside from being familiar with how the grey bar hotel works, from having seen the inside of a cell, Tewalt has no education, training or background in corrections. It appears that Mr. Tewalt’s only qualifications are being associated with Governor Butch Otter and former Governor Kempthorne. Wow. Nice work if you can get it."
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Turner also cites problems with a multi-million-dollar inmate tracking system plagued by delays and what the department alleges was double-billing by its hand-picked contractor.
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Writes Turner: "(O)ne can conclude that the problems that have befallen Idaho’s prison system are systemic and start in the Governors office."
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Read More:
http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2011/06/16/idahopolitics/conservative_blogger_blasts_otter_idaho_prison_woes

Prison Watch of Idaho Encourages and Welcomes Your Comments:

Sunday, June 19, 2011

New Hillsborough program helps ex-inmates adjust to life outside prison

By Jessica Vander Velde, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Saturday, June 18, 2011

Department of Detention Services Maj. Curtis Flowers, left, and Department of Corrections Secretary Edwin Buss discuss a new resource for ex-inmates, the Hillsborough Re-entry Center, on Friday.
Department of Detention Services Maj. Curtis Flowers, left, and Department of Corrections Secretary Edwin Buss discuss a new resource for ex-inmates, the Hillsborough Re-entry Center, on Friday.
[WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times]
TAMPA — For years, ex-cons got $100 and a bus pass as the prison gates shut behind them. Then they were on their own.
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Unless they qualified for mental health or sought out substance abuse help, former inmates heading back to Hillsborough didn't get much assistance from the county.
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That's changed, jail officials announced Friday as they welcomed Department of Corrections Secretary Edwin Buss to town.
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The Sheriff's Office started receiving inmates on Oct. 1 into their new re-entry center, each ferried directly from the Polk Correctional Institution.
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The inmates don't stay at the center. It's a stop on their way to freedom, during which they sit down with a civilian counselor who explains programs and services available.
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Sometimes the case manager helps the ex-prisoner fill out an application for food stamps and refers him to an employer. Sometimes he'll walk away with clothes, a bicycle and the address of a homeless shelter.
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Sometimes the former inmate's girlfriend is waiting at the door and he just wants to leave, said case manager Melody Greco.
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So far, 114 people have passed through the center. Eight have re-offended, two with misdemeanors, five with felonies and one who didn't tell his probation officer he was traveling to a funeral, said Col. Jim Previtera.
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The department's hope, Previtera said, is that the resource provided will reduce recidivism. A man desperate for shelter and money might be more inclined to steal, he said.
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In Florida, 32.8 percent of ex-prisoners go back to prison within three years, state records show.
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"For us, this is a public safety issue," Previtera said.
He points to their biggest success story so far: Curtis Bass, 43, who has spent 14 years in prison for grand theft, burglary and battery.
During his latest prison stint, Bass started showing an interest in educating himself and learning plumbing skills. When he got out in October, he found four jobs, bought a truck and now regularly calls Greco, his case manager, with resources she can pass along to other people.
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"His goal is to go back into the prisons to be a mentor," Greco said.
Soon, deputies plan to start funneling about 100 people a month through the center — nearly half of the inmates released to Hillsborough.
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Meanwhile, the Department of Corrections plans to help launch similar programs in other counties. Pinellas will launch theirs later this summer, Secretary Buss said.
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"On some level, we'd like to see this in all 67 counties," he said.
Previtera said he wants to make it clear this isn't a "hug-a-thug" program. The department doesn't want people to think the it's coddling criminals or lavishing gifts upon them, he said.
The clothing and bicycles are donated, often by faith-based organizations. Things like food stamps and bus passes are already available. And the counselors are simply using their knowledge and research to hook inmates up with jobs and educational opportunities.
Both the Sheriff's Office and Department of Corrections say they aren't spending any additional money on Hillsborough's re-entry program.
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The Sheriff's Office has moved its four counselors over from other jobs within the department, and the building they use once housed the now-closed work release program.
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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Clayton Adams - Another victim of Idaho's corrupt and inept legal system


On March 11, 2006 at 1:30 in the morning, Clayton Adams was outnumbered 3 to 1. They attacked him and beat him severely, hitting him and kicking him; one of them beating him with a rock. At that point, Clayton's life flashed before his eyes, and he believed that he was going to die. He did the only thing he could do, and fought for his life. After struggling to be free, he finally got loose and fled.
(¯'·._.·*Ashley*·._.·'¯)
That same night, Clayton was arrested at his home and charged with capital murder, not even knowing someone had died during that fight. Because of poor police work, a public defender that did not, or would not, use all the evidence available, Clayton was unable to mount a proper defense or obtain any resemblance of a fair trial. The defense attorney did not even show up for the verdict which took 14 hours, and Clayton was found guilty of 2nd degree murder and aggravated battery. Clayton was given a life sentence plus ten years.


Clayton fought for his life that night, as anyone would, and is now spending his life in prison because of it.


(Clayton Adams is currently incarcerated in the Idaho Correctional Center)

To Read More of Clayton's Story Click the Link Below
http://www.americaswrongfullyconvicted.com/clayton_adams.htm
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Watch for our new website "Idaho Attorneys Hall of Shame"

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PWI will be assembling a new website tentatively entitled "Idaho Attorneys Hall of Shame" (name copyrighted).
We will be publishing horror stores of Idaho citizens and the attorneys they've hired.   We will also have a section honoring the good attorneys.
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We feel this will be a public services that is greatly needed. 
If you have any ideas or suggestions please email Connie at allforaccountability@gmail.com

Your comments are welcomed

Prison Watch of Idaho supporters on Facebook have suggested we add this video dedicated to all unethical, untruthful and inept attorneys.......
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"I'm Not Ready to Make Nice"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-ounk0FNdY

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Innocent behind bars in an Idaho Prison -The Unjust Imprisonment of Scott Molen

By William N. Grigg
Pro Libertate


When he was a free man: Scott Molen (right) enjoys a snowboarding trip with a friend.

Molen is presently serving a prison sentence for a crime he didn't commit -- a fact acknowledged by one of the people responsible for putting him behind bars.

"When you boil the whole thing down and look at it," comments Ken McKay regarding the conviction of Boise resident Scott Molen on charges of sexual misconduct with his step-granddaughter, "there wasn't a single shred of evidence."

More:
http://www.2manywrongfulconvictions.com/p/unjust-imprisonment-of-scott-molen.html 


Monster  
Written by Joseph Simnovec
Submitted by Joseph Simnovec


Monster
Lyrics
Stuck here in this place full of steel.
The money didn't get me no deal.
Time, this time the time is for real.
How could this be happening to me?
why?  why?   why?    why me?

I could not do that  -   no, not me.
You got the wrong guy don't you see?
I would not do that -  let me be
I told you the truth.  Set me free.
no,   no,   no,    no not me.

"You, You were a bad boy
you're gonna do the time"
"you're lawyer wasn't good enough
jail time -  a big fine."
"your hairs to long, your clothes are too dirty
if it was up to me
I would give you more then thirty."

"how do you think that we're gonna live?
We're gonna squeeze your money
your gonna have to give.When you're all dried up we're gonna feel better.
If the systems at fault, you can always send a letter."

Help.    I must be in a bad dream
and now - now you can see what I mean.

help,   help,   help..... help me

Time passes so fast, I never felt so low.
Hope I'm gonna last, where did it all go?

I've been in this trap for so long.
How can we let the monster go on?
Don't forget me another day...
In the end we all have to pay.

free, free, free,    FREE ME!



Legal Abuse Syndrome - Litigation Can Be Dangerous To Your Health!

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"I became depressed, physically ill and seriously suicidal after experiencing the insanity of litigation.  I lost my home and was sent to the street with nothing but the clothes on my back.  Literally everything I owned was gone for several years.  I fought my fight to points of exhaustion where all I could do was stare into space.  Friends had left; I was emotionally isolated and normal living activities were no longer normal.  Rage doesn't come close to describing the feelings I lived with for years.  Even this is far from the full story of how bad it got." -- The Founder Of Caught.net and The Pro Se Way 
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Litigation (Fighting the Legal System) Can Leave A Person Seriously Damaged

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In litigation, particularly protracted litigation, lives can be devastated, life savings wiped out, homes and families ruined and God only knows what else.  Additionally many people, raised to believe in this country, will experience corruption in our legal system with judges, lawyers, prosecutors, police and sometimes even court staff that is shocking beyond belief.  Attempts to get the corruption addressed or even recognized by authorities are met with deaf ears and complete ambivalence.
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Black Becomes White, Up Becomes Down, Wrong Becomes Right And No One Cares

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The degree of insanity one can run into with litigation is beyond description.  Litigation can leave you feeling like a person without a country, alone, filled with rage beyond words, depressed and even suicidal, homicidal or both.  It can go on for years and you will wonder if you will ever feel normal again.  You will wonder if you can ever feel good about your Country again.  You can also get hysterical or physically ill just thinking about and reliving the legal abuse nightmare.
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A couple of points from the Founder of these websites who knows all too well how badly one can be affected by Legal Abuse:
  • Many times litigation is combined with changes in life that, in and of themselves, can cause stress, depression or worse.
  • Add the expense, injustice and insanity of the legal system and you double the problems.
  • Compound the above with the fact that many times help for the above is either non-existent, unaffordable, ineffective or, at best, hard to find.
  • Add to that the fact most feel that the wrongs can never be made right and the war will never end
And the result is a VERY SERIOUS situation that can break just about anybody.  Know this - you will be changed.  Most importantly, we want you to know:

RECOVERY IS NECESSARY AND POSSIBLE
  • Part of my recovery was accepting that corrupt, lying, thieving, completely callous people remain in positions of power without correction.
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  • Part of my recovery was realizing that my wrongdoers would absolutely dread having to litigate anything with me again because I gave them a serious run for their money.
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  • Part of my recovery was realizing I cost my wrongdoers a LOT of money - much more than they thought they would ever spend given the fight I gave them.
  • Part of my recovery was realizing that ALL OF US tend towards abuse of power when we get it.  The one most likely to abuse power is the one who thinks they are above doing so.  It takes a short time to learn to exercise power, but a lifetime to learn how to avoid abusing it.  That is true for YOU, ME and ALL current abusers of power.  If you don't fully comprehend that you will go from being abused to being an abuser.
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  • A large part of my recovery was, and sometimes still is, bleeding.  Bleeding mentally and emotionally and recovering physically...and I might add slowly.  Some call it bleeding, others venting, processing, dealing with things or coming to terms with things.  Whatever you call it, it will take time.
Do people still find justice in our system?  Sure, it happens.  More than not your only 'justice' will be the fact you can cost your wrongdoer a fortune in time and money spent fighting you, especially if you are Pro Se Public embarrassment and exposure also affects wrongdoers.  Many times the system won't let you win, but you can still fight 

If enough people fought, wrongs would still be righted even with a system as corrupted as ours.  Wrongdoers would stop committing wrong only because of the repeated cost of litigation, public exposure and embarrassment 

Also don't forget there are other, civil, legal and lawful ways to go after wrongdoers via various forms of protests.
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You Must Recover For Your Sake And The Sake Of Your Loved Ones

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And NOT for that reason only.  You must recover because there is not enough people that know what is really going on.  Not enough people know how corrupt the system has become. 

SURVIVE AND RECOVER TO HELP THEM AS WELL.....

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To All Those Who Have Or Are Experiencing Legal Abuses I Want To Say:

Many times the reason and purpose for events in our life initially escapes us, but I am certain we can find reason and purpose in everything that happens! 

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 To Read the Entire Article Click on the Link Below:

http://caught.net/legalabusesyndrome.htm 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Allegations of misconduct by Female Guards in the Idaho Correctional Center need to be investigated

 

With the many letters of concern we have received from male inmates in the Idaho Correctional Center we are reprinting an article entitled "Female Guards in a Men's Prison are Often Behind Sexual Misconduct Claims".    

 The most serious of the allegations include female guards who work at the Idaho Correctiona Center are "fraternizing" with inmates. Several female guards are working overtime to "hang out with inmates", female guards are showing favoritism to the inmates they are "hanging out with" and coming down hard on the inmates who refuse their attentions.  And the most troubling allegation is that female guards are purposefully watching the male inmates shower and peering into the inmate's cells as they dress after a shower.  We must add that at the ICC there are no shower curtains as there are at ISCI, which only exacerbates the situation. 


 It has also been suggested that it is sexual misconduct for female guards to "frisk" male inmates, especially in the visitation area where there are children, wives and the elderly watching the female guards run their hands up and down an inmate's body and inside their clothing. It is suggested that this is highly inappropriate and that the "frisks" of male inmates should never be allowed by female guards. It has been suggested that there are plenty of male guards available to conduct these "frisks" in the visitation area.


It has been brought to our attention that several of the female guards at the Idaho Correctional Center are behaving improperly and this behavior is bordering on sexual misconduct if it hasn't already reached that point.  Our readers and supportors are encouraging the ICC, CCA and IDOC to watch the female guards who work in the male prisons more closely and impose more sanctions against inappropriate behaviors that may lead to sexual misconduct.

Female Guards in a Men's Prison are Often Behind Sexual Misconduct Claims 
By Matt Gouras
NewsOK
April 12, 2010

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Inmate Michael Murphy usually started by seeking a small favor. That would often lead to a kiss or love letters. And in at least five cases, he convinced female prison employees to have sex with him or do other illegal favors.

In each of those cases, the female corrections employees were caught, shamed and forced out of a job, according to documents detailing an investigation by Montana prison officials and obtained by The Associated Press after an open-records lawsuit.

The female officers described Murphy as the aggressor, even as the predator. But that makes no difference in either state or federal penitentiaries, where prison employees — male or female — are the violators if they have sex with inmates.

A Justice Department study shows that cases like Murphy's are common: Female staff are more often implicated than their male counterparts in prison sexual misconduct. While many cases could be considered consensual, incarceration experts and female prison guards say the problem is much more complicated.


 
Cover-up charges were filed against one of the female prison workers. Murphy, 36, faced no charges. He is serving time for theft, forgery and other charges. 

 
No sexual assault charges were filed at the time against the women due to lack of evidence, according to the documents. But in letters to newspapers and in a request to the ACLU of Montana, Murphy wrote that he had been sexually assaulted by some of the women. Prison officials would not allow him to be interviewed for this story.

The man who once ran New York City's corrections department has little sympathy for female prison workers who see themselves as victimized in these cases.

Martin Horn, now a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said female workers who have sex with inmates are often treated less harshly by officials than male worker who do the same. "As long as we have a double standard we are going to see these kind of behaviors," Horn said. "It is a very slippery slope we go down if we say we are not going to hold female officers to the same standard." A 2007 U.S. Department of Justice study analyzing the prevalence of sexual assault in state and federal prisons found that 58 percent of staff perpetrators of sexual misconduct were female.
 

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Montana State Prison Warden Mike Mahoney said 41 percent of the system's employees are female. He said it is impossible to separate female staff from any particular inmate, even one who has proven skilled at compromising workers. 

 
He said the prison always stresses to workers not to get involved with inmates in even the smallest way, and to never reveal personal details of any type. The warden said Murphy's case, though, will likely provide lessons to improve the training.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Teacher cleared of sex assault reveals his nightmare

By Katie Silver

A PE teacher falsely accused of molesting a 12-year-old schoolgirl has spoken of his pain at telling his children he was going to be arrested. Sean Lanigan was pulled out of a class in Fairfax, Virginia, and told he was going to be arrested for allegedly carrying out the offenses. 
 

In reality his 'crimes' had been invented and the schoolgirl bore a grudge against him.

Despite being cleared of all the offenses, the teacher’s $125,000 legal fees still haven’t been repaid by the state and he is struggling to get his life back. The young girl claimed that the teacher had taken him into the gym and said he was going to ‘treat her like a Queen’ and briefly groped her. 
 

The married father-of-three, aged 43 when the allegations were made in January 2010, could have faced 40 years in jail if found guilty. He had told his ‘victim’ off for being abusive on the school bus and the girl apparently told her friends: ‘Mr Lanigan’s a jerk. I’m going to make him pay.’ 
 

He was held in Fairfax County Adult Detention Center for four nights after being accused of carrying out the offense.
Arrested: the popular PE teacher was charged with abduction and aggravated sexual battery
Arrested: the popular PE teacher was charged with abduction and aggravated sexual battery 
 
The father, who taught at Centre Ridge Elementary School, said he will never forget the horror of having to tell his children that he was about to be arrested by police.
He told the Washington Post: ‘We try to teach them (the children) to do the right thing and I had to tell them that Daddy was going to jail and my name was going to be on the news. It was heartbreaking. 
 

‘It’s very difficult to explain to a seven-year-old, 10-year-old, 13-year-old, what I was accused of - why the girl lied and why I had to go to jail,’  he told the newspaper.
Now, Mr Lanigan’s reputation and career are in tatters. 
 

He still doesn’t have a job; his wife has had to quit hers as the family keeps being moved around and the Fairfax School District are refusing to pay his $125,000 in legal fees. 
 

‘The school life, my family life has been in disarray and still is,’ he said, adding that they are ‘coping day by day.’ 
 

He said it was dreadful to spend time in a jail accused of a crime he did not commit.
‘It was scary, I was just wide-eyed. I’m an accused child molester. I’m thinking, “How am I going to last in here?” 
 

His nightmare began last January when he was taken out of his class at Center Ridge Elementary School by two police officers were waiting to interrogate him. After 25 minutes of small talk Detective Nicole Christian, the lead detective in the case said: ‘You really have no idea why you’re here, do you?.'...

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http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/43059710#43059710


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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Boise contractor double-billed Idaho prisons agency

BY Dan Popkey - dpopkey@idahostatesman.co - Published: 05/06/11 


Contractors working in Boise and billing Idaho for work on a system tracking inmates were working on a similar program for Alaska on Idaho computers and Idaho time, according to the Idaho Department of Correction.    

Correction Director Brent Reinke wrote in a memo emailed Friday to his 1,600 employees that an internal investigation by the department was referred to Ada County prosecutors, who “determined that while there was evidence of double-billing by the contractors, there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue prosecution.”
Reinke did not say how much money was involved, but wrote that Idaho is working “to negotiate an acceptable settlement” and “we remain hopeful we’ll be able to recover some of our losses.”....

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Stevens Urges Congress to Crack Down on Prosecutorial Misconduct

By Jess Bravin

Former Justice John Paul Stevens has urged Congress to authorize victims of misconduct to sue prosecutors who violate their constitutional rights. The Supreme Court's decisions have given local prosecutors impunity in most cases, taking the doctrine of prosecutorial immunity to what many believe is an extreme. Thanks to Brandon L. Garrett, author of the important new book Convicting the Innocent, for this link. -np 
 Retired Justice John Paul Stevens said Supreme Court decisions have given local prosecutors impunity for violating constitutional rights, and urged Congress to respond by authorizing victims of misconduct to sue. 
In a speech Monday night to the Equal Justice Initiative, which advocates for indigent defendants,  Justice Stevens criticized the court’s March decision overturning a jury’s $14 million award to an innocent man who spent 14 years on death row after prosecutors concealed evidence that could have cleared him. (Click here to see the full text of Stevens’ speech.)

The case of Connick v. Thompson saw the court split 5-4 along its conservative-liberal divide. Writing for the majority, Justice Clarence Thomas rejected the freed man’s theory that the New Orleans district attorney’s office was negligent for failing to train its staff to comply with longstanding precedents requiring prosecutors to disclose exculpatory evidence to defendants.

Lawyers for the wrongly imprisoned man, John Thompson, made that argument because Supreme Court precedent requires proof that it was the local government’s policy to violate constitutional rights before it can be held liable.

Thompson’s lawyers “did not prove a pattern of similar violations” that was “the functional equivalent of a decision by the city itself to violate the Constitution,” Justice Thomas wrote.

Stevens said Monday that the nature of the American criminal justice system—where most local prosecutors are elected—“creates a problem of imbalanced incentives that ought to be addressed at the state and national level.” 

Because district attorneys often run on tough-on-crime platforms, the pressures to ensure convictions far outweigh the rewards for respecting rights of the accused, Stevens said.

That could be fixed, he said, by making district attorneys liable when their subordinates commit outrageous violations of constitutional rights. Private-sector employees already are liable for their employees’ misconduct, under a legal doctrine called respondent superior.

The doctrine “provides a powerful continuing incentive for employers to make sure that their employees are adequately trained,” Stevens said, something “especially important where electoral incentives encourage abuse.More important, he said, “it would produce a just result in cases like Thompson’s in which there is no dispute about the fact that he was harmed by conduct that flagrantly violated his constitutional rights.”


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Friday, April 22, 2011

Quiet Rage - The psychologically crippling effects of imprisonment on both jailers and the jailed


Prison

The Stanford Experiment

--Philip G. Zimbardo

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.
http://www.prisonexp.org/ 


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The Stanford Experiment
Review by Hans Sherrer - Prison Legal News, July 9, 2003

The quiet Sunday morning of August 14, 1971, was broken by the wail of sirens as the Palo Alto, California police swept through town arresting nine people. The suspects were handcuffed, read their rights and subjected to the degradation of the booking process after being transported to the Stanford County Prison (SCP). So began the Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE), one of the most important psychology experiments in this country's history. 

The brainchild of Stanford University Psychology Professor Philip Zimbardo, the SPE was designed to study how psychologically "normal" people would react to role playing as prisoners and guards while being immersed in a simulated prison environment for two weeks. To do this a mock prison, the SCP, was set-up in the basement of Stanford's psychology building. For realism bars were put on windows, the cells were made of steel bars, there was a "yard" and "chow hall" area, and a windowless "hole." Surveillance cameras allowed Professor Zimbardo and his assistants to monitor the SCP 24 hours a day.  

Twenty-four young men were selected to participate from the many candidates subjected to diagnostic interviews and psychological tests designed to weed out abnormal people. Twelve men each were randomly assigned to be a guard or a prisoner. Nine of the prisoners were selected to be housed in three cells, and three guards were to be assigned to each 8-hour shift. The remaining three prisoners and guards were on-call in case they were needed as a replacement. The Palo Alto police department agreed to aid the realism of the SPE by making the surprise arrest of the nine men selected to serve a two week prison term. Once at the SCP the prisoners and guards dutifully played their roles.  
However, to the amazement of Professor Zimbardo and his assistants, within 24 hours an incredible transformation occurred: the "mock" prisoners became prisoners and the "mock" guards became guards. The SCP had morphed from being an experimental rat-maze into being a prison. Some prisoners became passive while others became rebellious, and the guards that wanted to put in their time on a shift and go home did nothing to stop the guards that reveled in exercising their power over the prisoners. One guard was nicknamed "John Wayne" by the prisoners because he was so sadistic. Yet he was the "nicest" guy on the street, and he only made his transformation from the gentle Dr. Jekyll to the monstrous Mr. Hyde when he put on his guard's uniform.
As the days went by the guards as a whole flexed their power by increasing their aggressive, humiliating and dehumanizing tactics against the prisoners.  
The worst tactics were by the grave yard shift guards - which included "John Wayne." One thing they did that wore on the prisoners was waking them at night to stand for count, instead of doing so while they slept (guards in actual prisons typically try to annoy prisoners during night counts by rattling keys, running keys along cell doors, or shining a flashlight in their face). The prisoners initially tried to resist their dehumanization by engaging in non-violent tactics like a hunger strike, but the guards responded to every threat to their authority with brutal tactics designed to crush the spirit of the prisoners. The prisoners described the SCP as "a real prison run by psychologists instead of run by the state."1

Just like in a real prison, the stress of the situation made some of the prisoner's crack. Within 36 hours one of the prisoners had to be released after he exhibited signs of a nervous breakdown: He began uncontrollably crying, screaming, cursing, and acting irrationally.2 The stress of being in a prison environment caused a general deterioration of the prisoners into pathological behavior, and a prisoner a day had to be released after snapping. Although the men were "mock" prisoners in a "mock" prison, it was psychologically real to them, and that is how they responded. Yet while prisoners were psychologically collapsing from the SCP's effect on them, not a single guard quit or let up on their demeaning tactics. 

It is important to keep in mind that the reactions of the SPE's 24 participants weren't because psychos were chosen to be the guards and wimps were chosen to be the prisoners. Whether a person was selected to be a guard or prisoner was purely random. If the choices had been reversed at the experiment's beginning, there is every reason to think the participants would have adjusted their conduct to fit their different role. The SPE indicates a significant influence on a person's behavior in a particular situation is how they perceive their role in it and their emotional responses to that perception. 
Kurt Vonnegut's caution in Mother Night (1961) to be careful what you pretend to be because that is what you become was dramatically confirmed by the behavior of the SCP's guards, prisoners AND administrators. 
An outside observer who saw the SCP for the first time after it had been operating for nearly six days was horrified to see that it had become indistinguishable from a real prison environment. She was able to convince Professor Zimbardo after a prolonged and impassioned argument that as administrators of the "prison" he and his assistants had become blind to the unconscionable activities happening in front of their eyes. The SPE was a "controlled" experiment that had spun out of the control of the educators monitoring it. So after six days the SCP was abruptly shut down and the two-week experiment was terminated. 

The SPE has never been repeated by an academic institution in this country. However, it is repeated every day in every jail and prison in the United States, and prisoners across the country daily experience conditions infinitely worse than those that caused the SCP to be shut down for humanitarian reasons after only six days. 

The SPE was filmed from beginning to end. Quiet Rage: The Stanford Prison Experiment is the documentary made from that film footage, and it includes commentary by Professor Zimbardo and others involved in the experiment that helps put what happened in perspective. The documentary also includes a remarkable exchange filmed after the experiment between "John Wayne" and one of the prisoners he tormented.  
The scaring of the "mock" prisoner's psyche by his treatment at the hands of a "mock" guard should serve as an electric shock of a warning to every person with a humanitarian impulse about what is happening to people in this country's prisons every minute of every day.
 (Dr. Zimbardo's experiment) graphically demonstrates that exposure to a jail or prison environment for even a few hours is toxic for the human psyche. It is not the conditions of confinement that lead to pathological behavior by prisoners, guards and other staff members, but the confinement itself.  
 

Although probably dismissed as an exaggeration by people that have never been jailed, actress Shannon Doherty was nakedly honest when she told an interviewer that she felt like she was going to die while jailed for many hours after being arrested for suspicion of drunk driving. After all, one of the men in the SPE suffered a psychological collapse after being "pretend" arrested and confined to a "fake" jail for 36 hours. There was no pretense in the slapping of cuffs on Ms. Dougherty's wrists nor was there anything fake about the cell she was locked in for hours. 
A similar psychic scarring experience happens every day to thousands of people all across this country. It should make people think long and hard about the negative effect on society of jailing people for minor offenses, and imprisoning them for an increasing array of petty crimes. 
It is made clear... that if you put "normal" people in a psychologically unhealthy environment like a prison or a jail, (both inmate and guard) will become infected by their exposure to the diseased situation.   
 

Professor Zimbardo is a prime example. In spite of his professional training he was so infected by his involvement as administrator of the SPE that if an outsider hadn't intervened to shake him back to reality, it would have gone on for days longer with perhaps catastrophic consequences - possibly even resulting in the physical injury or death of a prisoner or guard. 
Quiet Rage should be seen by everyone unaware of the psychologically crippling effects of imprisonment on both jailers and the jailed. 
However, the cat was let out of the bag in 1996 that the devastating psychological effects of imprisonment are both known and being ignored by politicians and law enforcement officials
The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) enacted in 1996 contains a provision specifically preventing prisoners from suing prison officials for "mental or emotional harm unless they can also prove physical injury."3
As the SPE graphically demonstrated, prisoners are psychologically tortured every day without any identifiable physical mistreatment, and their torturers escape any legal consequences. 
An example of this torture are the many people imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, driven to despair by the circumstances of their arrest and confinement - although they are unscarred by physical injuries. The attempted and successful suicides by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been widely reported internationally. However, there is sparse news coverage about the same thing happening in jails and state, federal and private prisons across the country.   
 
Quiet Rage is the most authentic source available for outsiders to glimpse the pathological reactions caused by exposure of prisoners, guards and administrators to a prison environment.  
***Thus, it is an invaluable tool for civil rights or prison activist groups and faith based or educational organizations to expose large numbers of people to imprisonment's destructive effect on a prisoner's dignity, sense of personal self worth, and how it tends to unleash inhumane impulses in prison staff members. 
For sure Quiet Rage should be seen by every judge, prosecutor and juror so they can make informed judgments as to whether a person's alleged or actual offense justifies them being sent into the human-made hell of imprisonment, from which they can only be expected to emerge a worse human being. 
 

The raw emotional reactions of the SPE's participants underscore it as one of the most important academic experiments ever conducted into the psychological effects of imprisonment on the caged and their cagers. The SPE's findings should thus be a prime influence on law enforcement policies at the local, state and federal level. Yet they have been ignored by policy makers for the past 32 years. However, that official blindness doesn't detract from Quiet Rage 
being as relevant today as when "John Wayne" prowled the Stanford County Prison in 1971....  


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The Stanford Prison Experiment: Still powerful after all these years

"Twenty-four male, college students, found to have no previous psychological problems, were selected for the study and then, by flip of a coin, assigned to be either prisoners or guards. After a relatively playful first day of settling into their roles, the prisoners became cagey and insolent and the guards became controlling and sadistic." Nikhil Swaminathan

"I was sick to my stomach. When it's happening to you, it doesn't feel heroic; it feels real scary. It feels like you are a deviant". - Professor Christina Maslach, UC-Berkeley, to psychologists
gathered in Toronto, Aug. 12, 1996  


...ordinary people ­ middle-class college students ­ can do things they would have never believed they were capable of doing. It seemed to say, as Hannah Arendt said of Adolf Eichmann, that normal people can take ghastly actions...

Zimbardo and Maslach say they feel an ongoing responsibility to communicate about and apply the research beyond the academic world, which is why they generally agree to do interviews about it. 

The experiment has not, however, brought about the changes in prisons or even in guard training programs that he would have liked. 
In fact, prisons have been radically transformed in the United States in the last 25 years to make them  LESS humane, 
Haney told the Toronto symposium audience. Voters have increasingly voted for politicians who take a tough public stance in favor of prisons as places for punishment, rather than for reforming social deviants. 
 Long, indeterminate sentences are part of the new trend in policy, he said, as are an increasing number of prisons, like California's Pelican Bay, that put prisoners in long-term isolation. 
In Zimbardo's view, prisons are "failed social-political experiments" that continue to bring out the worst in relations between people "because the public is indifferent to what takes place in secret there, and politicians use them, fill them up as much as they can, to demonstrate only that they are tough on crime. . . . 
"They (jails and prisons) are as bad for the guards as they are for prisoners in terms of their destructive impact on self-esteem, sense of justice and human compassion." 
http://news.stanford.edu/pr/97/970108prisonexp.html 


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