Nah....these experiments lack control. That's why they degrade the way they do.
In WW2 we treated german pows SO well, it's dispicable some might say. But some how we did....it is because the guards were not allowed to degrade
into slave masters.
If you let a gaurd police his inmates by beating them, then he'll do it yes. But if you tell him that if a hair on his head is touched without any
life threatening reason, he'll be on the inside with them, the gaurds will not touch the hair on his head.
You don't even really have to threaten either, it simply is a policy, a priviledge to act that way, and they'll do it.
Merrit the gaurds who show control of inmates by treating inmates fairly and respect, and gaurds will strive to act that way more.
As I think Nepolean said, pay a man money and he'll kill for you, give him a medal worth a penny and he'll die for you.
That way of mind is inbred in all of us. Give a gaurd a medal for showing restraint even during a prison riot, and more will strive to restrain
The first thing a guard must over come, is his fear that prisoners will try to take control.
If the guard realizes that the real way to control prisoners, is by letting them live better and stay shorter for behaving as an excellent citizen,
then the inmates will behave well. Why give up better food and better treatment, for 5 years, so you can escape now, and die?
Things like that.
I think Nevada's prison//jail system is VERY good, they do that whole honor system thing, where they put you through marine boot camp and if you fail
conduct wise, you get put back with the rest of the low lifes, the unsaveable.
Hmm well that's my opinions on this Prison experiment.
My over all opinion?
If stanford said don't touch the prisoners or we'll fail you, the gaurds would have found a way to make the prisoners respond without physical
contact. (That is that the prisoners don't know they aren't allowed to touch them yes but still, point is made