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    Panorama investigation into Americas Mentally Ill and the prison system.

    Good to see a journalist taking a look, because the people who are supposed to be keeping an eye on things certainly aren’t.


    One problem is the prison GUARDS are mentally ill !!!

    Sadism is a behavioral disorder characterized by callous, vicious, manipulative, and degrading behavior expressed towards other people. To date, the exact cause of sadism is not known. However, many theories have been given to explain the possible reasons underlying the development of a sadistic personality in an individual.

    A) A pervasive pattern of cruel, demeaning and aggressive behavior, beginning by early adulthood, as indicated by the repeated occurrence of at least four of the following:
    Has used physical cruelty or violence for the purpose of establishing dominance in a relationship (not merely to achieve some noninterpersonal goal, such as striking someone in order to rob him or her)
    Humiliates or demeans people in the presence of others
    Has treated or disciplined someone under his or her control unusually harshly (e.g., a child, student, prisoner, or patient)
    Is amused by, or takes pleasure in, the psychological or physical suffering of others (including animals)
    Has lied for the purpose of harming or inflicting pain on others (not merely to achieve some other goal)
    Gets other people to do what he or she wants by frightening them (through intimidation or even terror)
    Is fascinated by violence, weapons, martial arts, injury, or torture

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    That’s why they WANT to work in jails and prisons. They are attracted to occupations where they have power over others. To at get others in a position where there are no witnesses, and in a setting where they have almost unquestionable credibility. Once the victims are thrown into this scenario, the psychopaths are free to inflict any means of torture and abuse they want until they get their psychological ‘high’.

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    I always come back to the Stamford prison experiment on this issue.

    One of the major reasons that I believe that mass shooters are created by the mental health system. Can monsters be created, oh yeah. Its a little easier than they would have you think.


    Funny but sometimes I can edit posts, and sometimes I can’t. Hmmph

    Anyway, that should be the Stanford Prison Experiment.

    Course Philip Zimbardo’s study doesn’t promote the ‘chemical imbalance’ theory so has been all but forgotten except by those who wish to use the information for their gain. See what was done at Abu Ghraib.

    This is worth a look. Particularly the process of dehumanisation. Notice any similarity as to how our society views people with mental illness?

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 3 months ago by boans.

    Those videos are upsetting, but here is something very interesting and related I read.

    ” In 1973, a federal district court ruled in (Souder v. Brennan) that patients in mental health institutions must be considered employees and paid the minimum wage required by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 whenever they performed any activity that confered an economic benefit on an institution. Following this ruling, insitutional peonage was outlawed as evidenced in the Pennsylvania’s Institutional Peonage Abolishment Act of 1973.

    Many assume that the advent of modern psychotropic medications was the catalyst for deinstitutionalization in the U.S. However, large numbers of patients began leaving state institutions only after new laws made unpaid patient labor illegal. In other words, when patients no longer worked for free, the economic viability of many state institutions ceased and this led to the closing of many state hospitals.”

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    So now we have jails/prisons that run on institutional peonage instead right ?

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