(Photo by Grant Slater)
As a contemporary comparison to the Panopticon, I will be researching the Corcoran California State Prison. This facility is known for its corrupt guards, who were known to set up and bet on fights between the inmates and often shot them afterwards, with no legal justification. The prison has held multiple high-profile inmates, who live in Level IV housing (individual cells, fenced/walled perimeters, electronic security system, and a high armed guard to prisoner ratio).
The connection of this prison structure to the motives explained by Foucault of power and discipline are highly apparent when the motives of the guards are called into question, and this is what I will aim to explain through my paper.