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I am going to have to go against the norm, as this experiment is still a landmark case, and is still being studied and talked about good and bad over 40 years later.
Do you think the methodology used to complete this study was valid?
No, I don’t think the study was at all valid. It was tainted from the start. If the guards were told from the start “oppress the prisoners” then they didn’t organically start to get power-hungry and become cruel.
“Zimbardo has admitted that he was an active participant in the study, meaning he had influence over the results. At one point, he handed the “guards” batons, which could have implied to them that using physical force was okay. Yet, he maintained that their behaviors arose organically.” (Lapin, 2018)
This right here to me, says the methodology wasn’t valid.
What limitations do you see, if any, in the way the study was conducted?
One of the limitations was the fact the experiment was cut from two weeks to 6 days, because of the cruelness. Another limitation was the ethics violations. The guards were not told they were subjects, yet they were part of the experiment. And the fact that, that the participants knew it wasn’t real, they were never fully immersed in the situation.
Given the increased emphasis placed on diversifying and professionalizing the correctional workforce and do you feel the findings of the study are still valid today? Why or Why not?
No, they are not valid. The study took 24 college-aged males, most of whom were white. While even running the ads to get participants, they had to omit the part about “prison life” because the people who responded weren’t what they were looking for.
I think if you are going to study prison life, you need people from all walks of life. Just like in a real prison, you have inmates there who might have grown up rich and lived a privileged life. And a guard who might have grown up on the wrong side of the tracks.
I am not saying all guards are saints, there are some really crappy people out there. I just think now more than ever, there is a system in place to protect inmates, and keep guards from acting as they did in this experiment.
Lapin, T. (2018, June 14).
Famed Stanford prison experiment was a fraud, Scientist says. New York Post. Retrieved from https://nypost.com/2018/06/14/famed-stanford-prison-experiment-was-a-fraud-scientist-says/
What impediments block greater cooperation among correctional agencies, such as probation, and other government services, such as police or social welfare?
Many of these agencies have an issues with connecting with one another. Sometimes some of these “services” can overlap each other and an individual may have more than one service or official working with them at a time which can cause a conflict on expectations and requirements. Although, the law is set in a particular manner
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