Lifers: Seeking Redemption in Prison

1st Edition

John Irwin

Routledge
Published June 23, 2009
Textbook - 152 Pages
ISBN 9780415801980 - CAT# Y101767
Series: Criminology and Justice Studies

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Summary

John Irwin writes about prisons from an unusual academic perspective. Before receiving a Ph.D. in sociology, he served five years in a California state penitentiary for armed robbery. This is his sixth book on imprisonment – an ethnography of prisoners who have served more than twenty years in a California correctional institution. The purpose of the book is to take issue with the conventional wisdom on homicide, society’s purposes of imprisonment, and offenders’ reformability. Through the lifers’ stories, he reveals what happens to prisoners serving very long sentences in correctional facilities and what this should tell us about effective sentencing policy.

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