9780415801683

Lifers: Seeking Redemption in Prison

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415801683

  • ISBN10:

    0415801680

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-06-23
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Irwin writes about prisons from an unusual academic perspective. Before receiving a Ph.D. in sociology, he served 5 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 20 years in a California correctional institution. The purpose of the book is to take issue with the conventional wisdom on homicide, societya (TM)s purposes of imprisonment, and offendersa (TM) reformability. Through the lifersa (TM) 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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