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Lifers: Seeking Redemption in Prison (Criminology and Justice Studies)

Lifers: Seeking Redemption in Prison (Criminology and Justice Studies)
Author: John Irwin
ISBN 13: 9780415801980
ISBN 10: 415801982
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2009-06-25
Format: Paperback
Pages: 152
List Price: $35.95

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.