NC Inmates: Guards Tortured Us With Hot Sauce
State probing claims prisoners were forced to kiss snakes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 4, 2012 3:19 AM CST
North Carolina is probing allegations that inmates were abused with "Exotic Hot Sauce."   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Prison officials in North Carolina are calling for a criminal investigation after inmates alleged correctional officers forced them to rub habañero sauce on their genitals, resulting in painful blisters. A state Department of Public Safety spokeswoman says officials have asked the State Bureau of Investigation to review conduct at Sampson Correctional Institution, and one staff member at the prison has already been reassigned after the start of an internal investigation.

Earlier this year, six men at the medium-security facility sent a letter to the US District Court in Greensboro complaining that staff had forced them to perform numerous humiliating acts for the entertainment of guards, including stripping nude and pretending to have sex. The inmates also reported being forced to gulp a super-hot "Exotic Hot Sauce" purchased off the Internet and slather it on their testicles, as well as being forced to grab and kiss wild snakes while working on a road crew and to throw captured bunnies into oncoming traffic. Those who performed for the guards were rewarded with preferential work assignments, food, cigarettes, and beer, the inmates alleged.

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Dec 4, 2012 6:08 PM CST
It aint called Daves insanity sauce for nothing!
Dec 4, 2012 9:53 AM CST
Wow, North Carolinians have some weird foreplay techniques. I guess that is one way to spice life up?
Dec 4, 2012 8:26 AM CST The Stanford prison experiment was a study of the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. The experiment was conducted at Stanford University from August 14 to August 20 of 1971 by a team of researchers led by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo.[1] It was funded by the US Office of Naval Research[2] and was of interest to both the US Navy and Marine Corps as an investigation into the causes of conflict between military guards and prisoners. Twenty-four male students out of 75 were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. The participants adapted to their roles well beyond Zimbardo's expectations, as the guards enforced authoritarian measures and ultimately subjected some of the prisoners to psychological torture. Many of the prisoners passively accepted psychological abuse and, at the request of the guards, readily harassed other prisoners who attempted to prevent it. The experiment even affected Zimbardo himself, who, in his role as the superintendent, permitted the abuse to continue. Two of the prisoners quit the experiment early and the entire experiment was abruptly stopped after only six days. Certain portions of the experiment were filmed and excerpts of footage are publicly available.