I read somewhere that some of the jailers at Abu Ghraib had previously worked in the US prison system.
So maybe some of the brutality at Abu Ghraib was an extension of the stuff that happens to Americans in the American prison system.
Lived in Boston myself. Great place and people. That's the idea I reckon, desensitize people .I remember living in Boston and going out for coffee with my girlfriend at the time, on a Sunday morning I think it was, and seeing those Abu Graib photos on the front page of the NYT. It's one of those instances that get frozen in time in your mind. It's amazing how normal that level of depravity has become now.
Death rates for US prisoners are on the whole comparable with death rates for those non incarcerated. The exceptions being black males, where prison is actually the safer option (thought to be because of far better access to health care), and women where the prison death rate is slightly higher.I wouldn't be surprised. Over 4,700 prisoners die in US prisons every year. No doubt, many of them from abuse.