Life after Life Imprisonment

Hardcover | August 15, 2010

byCatherine Appleton

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One of the most contentious and sensitive topics in criminal justice, Life after Life Imprisonment looks at the release and resettlement of life-sentenced offenders in England and Wales - where there are very few prisoners in the system for whom 'life' means life. By providing an in-depth analysis of the post-prison experiences of 138 discretionary life-sentenced offenders, all of whom released during the mid-1990s, this book looks at the reality facing Lifers as they are released at some time during their sentences, usually on very long licences, to beclosely monitored and supervised by probation officers. Using accessible and comprehensive data, it examines key legal developments within the criminal justice system for discretionary life-sentenced offenders, explores the frontline experiences of the probation officers charged with supervisinglife-sentenced offenders, and analyses the 'stories' or life narratives of a group of individuals who have committed some of the most serious crimes. It also examines the process of recall for life-sentenced prisoners and explores key factors associated with failure in the community. Of interest to legal scholars and criminologists, as well as practitioners in the field, Catherine Appleton's book offers a major insight into how societies respond to serious crime and identifies important elements of successful reintegration for released life-sentenced offenders.

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One of the most contentious and sensitive topics in criminal justice, Life after Life Imprisonment looks at the release and resettlement of life-sentenced offenders in England and Wales - where there are very few prisoners in the system for whom 'life' means life. By providing an in-depth analysis of the post-prison experiences of 138 ...

Dr Catherine Appleton is Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the School of Law, University of Leeds. She was awarded a DPhil in Law from Oxford University in 2008, and holds a Masters degree in criminology from Cambridge University and a BA in social policy and criminology from the University of Hull. She has contributed t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:August 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199582718

ISBN - 13:9780199582716

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Introducing Discretionary Lifers1. Discretionary Life Sentences: The Legal Context2. Research DesignPart II: The Role of the Probation Service3. After Life Imprisonment: The Role of Probation Officers4. Living on Life Licence: Lifers' Perceptions of SupervisionPart III: Desistance and Persistence5. Living a 'normal' Life: Lifers' Narratives of Change6. Roadblocks to Resettlement: The Significance of Recall7. Conclusion