Prison guard arrested for rape of female inmates
In September 2007, former Imperial County jail guard of California, James Ray Morris pleaded no contest to having sex with female prisoners. One of his victims stated that Morris threatened to restrict her recreation time if she didn’t have sex, and that she contracted a sexually transmitted disease from him
Solitary Confinement leads to Suicide
Statistics show that suicide is the leading cause of death in jail, and more than half of those suicides occur in solitary confinement. It has been proven that those most likely to attempt suicide are those who are physically and socially isolated in prisons with few activities and with little contact with home and family. Dr. Kathryn Campbell and Dr. Mryam Denov, who conducted many thorough investigations on the impact of wrongful conviction, have proven that “for the wrongly convicted, the effects of such isolation are likely exacerbated, given that their imprisonment resulted from miscarriage of justices”
"Cleaning up the streets of the human trash."
"I’m the most cold-blooded sonofabitch you’ll ever meet… I just liked to kill, I wanted to kill"
"What’s one less person on the face of the earth anyway?"
Johnny Lewis: String of Violent Crimes Before Alleged Murder
January 3rd 2012: felony assault with a deadly weapon —> ordered to complete a rehab program
February 10th 2012: reported assaulting a random pedestrian
February 18th 2012: re-arrested for burglary (breaking into a woman’s house through the window)
Sentenced to 303 days in jail for battery and burglary
"I lost the care and guidance and companionship of my dad. We were extremely close. I lost that… the hardest part about being an inmate was the loss of the family"
The Stanford Prison Experiment
In 1971 by psychologist Philip Zimbardo, selected 24 “subjects” with no criminal background, psychological issues or medical conditions, to act as inmates and prison guards in a mock prison. According to Zimbardo and his colleagues, the Stanford Prison Experiment demonstrates the powerful role that the situation can play in human behavior. Because the guards were placed in a position of power, they began to behave in ways they would not normally act in their everyday lives or in other situations. The prisoners, placed in a situation where they had no real control, became passive and depressed. The Stanford Prison Experiment was originally slated to last 14 days, it had to be stopped after just six days due to what was happening to the student participants. The guards became abusive and the prisoners began to show signs of extreme stress and anxiety.