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Efficiency of Life in Prison in Terms of Human Adaption

Title: Efficiency of Life in Prison in Terms of Human Adaption.
Name(s): Lowitz, Rachel, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Known as set point theory in psychology, humans possess the innate ability to emotionally adapt to any livable situation and eventually return to their natural level of cheerfulness. In my argument, I claim that when applied to criminals serving life in prison without parole, this ability to adapt creates only a temporary punishment. The intention of the sentence, meant originally as retribution severe enough to fit a horrendous crime, is lessened as the inmate adapts and finds a new home inside prison walls. Life in prison without parole is unsuccessful in continuing to realize the severity of the original sentence. The death penalty, therefore, is the only remaining option capable of rendering a fitting punishment for violent criminals. To solidify my claims, I acknowledge that while there are several purposes to prison, punishment is the most important when dealing with the violent criminals being discussed in my argument. In terms of this dissertation, violent criminals are individuals proven guilty of crimes brutal enough to only allow the possibility of life in prison without parole or the death penalty. Once this is accepted, I attest to the power and extent of human adaption by citing specific studies. To demonstrate adaption occurs specifically in prison, I focus on an inmate who witnesses and describes the adaption firsthand. Through my argument, I apply independently proven psychology ideas that have never before been partnered with criminal sentencing, shedding light on a new dimension of the death penalty argument.
Identifier: FSU_migr_phi2630-0022 (IID)
Keywords: death penalty, life in prison, human adaption, set point theory
Note: © 2013, Rachel Lowitz
Subject(s): Political ethics
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Ethical Issues and Life Choices (PHI2630).

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Lowitz, R. (2013). Efficiency of Life in Prison in Terms of Human Adaption. Retrieved from