Just when you thought the value of human life could not go lower in prison, this is, I believe, a new low.
The article includes an interesting description of an expert witness’ testimony about prison culture:
Another expert witness, James Aiken, whose extensive background in corrections spans more than 40 years, testified on the culture and conditions of prison life.
Both inmates and officers are constantly assessing their level of safety in prison, Aiken said. Especially for Morrison, who had recently transferred to Close Unit I from the more restrictive maximum security custody, the new freedoms and inmates probably heightened his anxiety.
In addition, inmates treasure their possessions as their only link to an environment that’s halfway civil, Aiken said. A theft is interpreted as disrespect, and prisoners think they need to handle their own business without snitching to the guards.
“Once you become weak, you become vulnerable,” he said. “You’re like a wounded deer in the forest. And the wolves will surround you.”
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