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Life after Life Imprisonment$
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Catherine Appleton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582716

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582716.001.0001

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Living a Life More Ordinary: Lifers’ Narratives of Change

Living a Life More Ordinary: Lifers’ Narratives of Change

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Life after Life Imprisonment

Catherine A Appleton

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a qualitative assessment of the subjective side of desistance from the perspective of a subgroup of discretionary life-sentenced offenders convicted of violent and sexual offences. It presents narratives from autobiographical accounts of twenty-eight discretionary lifers who had resettled in the community after long-term imprisonment. It also seeks to develop understanding of the role reform narratives and reformed identities play among those who have committed some of the most serious criminal acts.

Keywords:   desistance, discretionary life-sentenced offenders, discretionary lifers, long-term imprisonment, reform narratives, reformed identities

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