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Methods Of Punishment In the essay The Prisoners Dilemma Stephen Chapman calls into question the widely-held assumption that the system of imprisonment in the West is more humane and less barbaric than the methods of punishment practiced in Eastern Islamic cultures Chapman uses sarcasm to lure his readers into agreeing with a position that he will then later attack This strategy implies that he believes most of his audience would think that imprisonment is a better form of punishment than public punishment His sarcastic treatment of their position will force the audience to rethink their original opinion on punishment Chapman attempts to inform the audience of both methods of punishment rather than persuading them to choose a specific side Nevertheless Chapman succeeds in changing many opinions without revealing his own Chapman describes the methods of punishment in countries of Asia as barbaric rituals for those who are attached to the customs of the dark ages These rituals include flogging stoning scourging and amputation However some crimes call for the death penalty which is usually carried out in public Chapman explains that in some countries such as Pakistan and Iran public punishment is considered mass entertainment The severity of punishment depends on the Koranic Law The Koran a sacred book of laws for the Islamic religion is a popular penological device used in several Moslem countries In developed countries such as the United States Chapman explains how the methods of punishment are much different As a more advanced civilization the US has a presumably better form of punishment referred to as imprisonment Chapman describes how the punishment intended by the West is the loss of freedom but he then clarifies that the prison itself is the punishment Prisoners are subjected to overcrowding filthy conditions disease and routine violence Chilling stories confirm that prisoners in some instances are being hanged murdered with blowtorches decapitated tortured and mutilated in a variety of gruesome ways Chapman states that
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