Thursday, February 23, 2012

prisonexp question 1

1. What police procedures are used during arrests, and how do these procedures lead people to feel confused, fearful, and dehumanized?

When police arrest someone, they must follow a series of procedures before placing the person in jail. They must read you five different rights, known as the Miranda Rights which were created in 1966. The suspect arrested must have their rights explained to them before they are further questioned and taken away. These rules were created to protect the suspect's right to be free from self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment. The reading of these rules, although created to protect people's rights, may cause people to feel confused during the situation. In an event of the arrest, the person may not even be able to comprehend these rights as they are being read to them due to the fact that they are probably in an uncomfortable situation physically and mentally. Also during an arrest, the police may pat-down the suspect in order determine if one is hiding a weapon or other substances. This could definitely cause someone to feel afraid and dehumanized because the police are invading one's personal space by putting their hands all over the suspect. The officer may also take one's personal items including money that the suspect has during the time of arrest and put it in a safe place after performing an inventory. This may cause one to feel dehumanized because they have no control of something that they once owned. All they can do is watch as the police take their personal items away. They might even feel as if the police are taking away part of their identity, depending on what items are being confiscated.

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