The Lucifer Effect Analysis

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Throughout the books The Lucifer Effect and Inside, there is a substantial focus on the state of incarnation, along with narrative accounts that detail the effects of prison. There is a common theme in both of the books that identifies the harmful nature of the prison system, and expounds how a prison can negatively affect the psychological well-being of a prisoner. As detailed by the authors, Zimbardo and Santos, the prison system damages the mental and emotional well-being of the prisoners, discourages prisoners from growth, and fails to assist prisoners with the opportunity to integrate into society and turn away from a life of violence.

In The Lucifer Effect, Zimbardo illustrates the harmful psychological impact of incarnation. He demonstrates
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He does, when he writes, “By taking away an individual’s hope to return to society, the penitentiary breeds chaos. Wheres the social structure outside of allow encourages people to educated themselves, to find legitimate employment, and to contribute to society, those who follow such a path inside makes themselves vulnerable. There is no escaping the perils of the pen” (Santos 139). From this, Santos explicates on the differences between life within a prison in comparison with the outside world. He explains how prisoners are forced to adopt a mindset in order to survive the “chaos” as he calls it. Evidently, the state of incarceration does not support a system of rehabilitation, but rather perpetuates the evil in society. In a similar manner with Zimbardo, the lost of personal attributes such as hope, self-worth, self-respect, etc., will force prisoners to grasp what is available as emotional and mental support. Unfortunately, many prisoners will adopt the need for a mob mentality, the need for hatred, and the need to continue instances of violence. Accordingly, the psychological impact of imprisonment is detrimental for prisoners. More than often, prisoners are not given the opportunity to better themselves, and lose any hope of being more than an individual who serves a sentence. Consequently, prisoners often return to a path of violence and crime as they fail to

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