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An interrogation room. The conditions are dark and cold. There is one means of escape and communication with the outside world and that access is determined by the interrogators.

Jeffrey Deskovic was a 17-year-old who was wrongly convicted of raping and murdering one of his high school classmates.  He was convicted and sent to prison for the crime he did not commit.  He was held against his will in an interrogation room for eight hours with no adult to help him other than the officer interrogating him.  He was pushed beyond his limit and, because of his abuse in the interrogation room, he was forced to admit he was guilty.  However, he was not guilty of such a crime.  My research focuses on the psychological aspect, but I believe this article is useful for many areas of research, but in particular, when dealing with communication. Communication is key to a dystopia and as shown by Jeffrey, when communication is damaged, bad things can happen.

The argument presented by the JJIE (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange) article about Deskovic and his unjust punishment is that a person undergoes severe repercussions before, during and after imprisonment.  From the beginning, Deskovic was forced to shut his mouth and only open it when he had the “right” thing to say. When imprisoned, Jeffrey, and other inmates are kept in solitary confinement while the rest of the world continues to move forward.  Almost all communication is destroyed.  This is evident in Deskovic’s case as he left prison with no idea what to do or how to do it; he was a minor when he entered prison and an adult when he left prison.  He was untrained in how to do simple tasks that adults living in the real world could perform because he was confined and disconnected for the outside world.

Inmate talking on the phone with someone on the outside world.

The article describes Jeffrey’s experiences and the conclusion is made that the conditions Jeffrey experienced were and could have been horrific if he had not had a major life change after his release (he was welcomed in by some people to help him get his life together).  The source can help anyone researching communication in dystopias because it points out how the use of violent tactics can force someone to confess or conform (another research topic) to what society or authorities want because the victim has no means to ask for help.




Works Cited

Williams, Brooke L. “Wrongfully Convicted Teen Finds New Challenges in Freedom.” Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, 7 Dec. 2015, jjie.org/2015/05/08/wrongfully-convicted-teen-finds-new-challenges-in-freedom-as-a-man/. Accessed 27 Feb. 2017.