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Lifers

Seeking Redemption in Prison

By John Irwin

Routledge – 2010 – 152 pages

Series: Criminology and Justice Studies

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    June 23rd 2009
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Description

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.

Reviews

"No one knows prisons and prisoners better than John Irwin as he uses the unique perspective of a former prisoner to inform us about 17 "lifers" serving time in California’s infamous San Quentin prison. Students, scholars, public officials and the general public must read this book!"

—Randall G. Shelden, Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Lifers 3.Their Crimes 4. Awakening 5. Atonement 6. California Lifers’ 7. Epilogue

Author Bio

John Irwin taught sociology at San Francisco State University for 27 years, during which time he studied prisons and jails. His research was published in five books. He was also a member of the Working Party for the American Friends Service Committee that wrote the influential report--The Struggle for Justice. He worked closely with the California legislature on the Uniform Sentencing Act passed in 1976.

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Description: By John Irwin. 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...
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