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Life Imprisonment from Young Adulthood

Adaptation, Identity and Time

  • Ben Crewe
  • Susie Hulley
  • Serena Wright
Book

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley, Serena Wright
    Pages 1-28
  3. Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley, Serena Wright
    Pages 29-63
  4. Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley, Serena Wright
    Pages 65-77
  5. Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley, Serena Wright
    Pages 79-123
  6. Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley, Serena Wright
    Pages 125-207
  7. Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley, Serena Wright
    Pages 209-250
  8. Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley, Serena Wright
    Pages 251-287
  9. Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley, Serena Wright
    Pages 289-320
  10. Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley, Serena Wright
    Pages 321-333
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 335-340

About this book

Introduction

This book analyses the experiences of prisoners in England & Wales sentenced when relatively young to very long life sentences (with minimum terms of fifteen years or more). Based on a major study, including almost 150 interviews with men and women at various sentence stages and over 300 surveys, it explores the ways in which long-term prisoners respond to their convictions, adapt to the various challenges that they encounter and re-construct their lives within and beyond the prison. Focussing on such matters as personal identity, relationships with family and friends, and the management of time, the book argues that long-term imprisonment entails a profound confrontation with the self. It provides detailed insight into how such prisoners deal with the everyday burdens of their situation, feelings of injustice, anger and shame, and the need to find some sense of hope, control and meaning in their lives. In doing so, it exposes the nature and consequences of the life-changing terms of imprisonment that have become increasingly common in recent years.

Keywords

adaptation criminology penology social science time youth justice youth imprisonment forensic psychology mental health in prison prison punishment

Authors and affiliations

  • Ben Crewe
    • 1
  • Susie Hulley
    • 2
  • Serena Wright
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of CriminologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Institute of CriminologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  3. 3.Department of Law and CriminologyRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEghamUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56601-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Limited 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-56600-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-56601-0
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