THE LAW: Behavior Mod Behind the Walls

"Behavior Mod" Behind the Walls

The convicted child molester in Connecticut's state prison at Somers reclines on a treatment table with an electrode wired to his upper thigh. Whenever pictures of naked children are flashed on a screen, he gets stinging shocks in his groin. At the Iowa Security Medical Facility, inmates who commit infractions like lying or swearing are given a shot of apomorphine, which brings on violent vomiting for 15 minutes or more. Intractable convicts transferred to the maximum-security Michigan Intensive Program Center near Marquette are put into solitary confinement for...

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