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A Life Sentence

A Life Sentence

Chapter:
(p.71) 5 A Life Sentence
Source:
After Life Imprisonment
Author(s):
Marieke Liem
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479806928.003.0005

Chapter five describes in depth the factors peculiar to long-term imprisonment, how the interviewees coped with these conditions and how they managed to adapt to (solitary) confinement over the years. The chapter discusses how lifers dealt with Sykes’ pains of imprisonment. This chapter goes deeper into what differentiates the long-term prisoners’ experience from those who are ‘passing through’ the prison system. It discusses the stages of the lifer prison career, their place in the prison hierarchy, and their fear of becoming institutionalized.

Keywords:   pains of imprisonment, long-term incarceration, conditions, prison, life sentence, prison stages, hierarchy, institutionalization, solitary confinement

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