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Life after Life Imprisonment

ISBN13: 9780199582716
Published: July 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £77.00

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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 be closely 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 supervising life-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.

Part I: Introducing Discretionary Lifers
1: Discretionary Life Sentences: The Legal Context
2: Research Design
Part II: The Role of the Probation Service
3: After Life Imprisonment: The Role of Probation Officers
4: Living on Life Licence: Lifers' Perceptions of Supervision
Part III: Desistance and Persistence
5: Living a 'normal' Life: Lifers' Narratives of Change
6: Roadblocks to Resettlement: The Significance of Recall
7: Conclusion;