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Not long into the experiment, both the guards and prisoners were adapting to their new roles. Some guards began to harass prisoners within in hours of the beginning of the experiment. At 2:30 A.M. prisoners were awakened from sleep by blasting whistles for the first of many “counts.” The counts served as a way to familiarizing the prisoners with their numbers. More importantly, they provided a regular occasion for the guards to exercise control over the prisoners. The prisoners were given pointless and boring tasks to accomplish, were taunted with insults and petty orders, and were generally dehumanized. One of the guards even stepped on the backs of prisoners while they did push-ups, or hey would make other prisoners sit on the backs of fellow prisoners. The prisoners soon adopted prisoner-like behavior too. The Federal Bureau of Prison states that almost 270 adjudicated assaults were recorded in February of 2017. They talked about prison issues a great deal of the time. They “told tales” on each other to the guards. They started taking the prison rules very seriously, as though they were there for the prisoners’ benefit and infringement would spell disaster for all of them. Some even began siding with the guards against prisoners who did not obey the rules.


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