Lifers: Seeking Redemption In Prison (Criminology And Justice Studies)

Lifers: Seeking Redemption In Prison (Criminology And Justice Studies)

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John Irwin writes about prisons from an unusual academic perspective. Before receiving a Ph.D. in sociology, he servedfive years in a California state penitentiary for armed robbery. This is his sixth book on imprisonment an ethnography of prisoners who have served more thantwenty years in a California correctional institution. The purpose of the book is to take issue with the conventional wisdom on homicide, societys 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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