Living on Life Licence: Lifers’ Perceptions of Supervision

Catherine A Appleton

in Life after Life Imprisonment

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582716
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702341 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Living on Life Licence: Lifers’ Perceptions of Supervision

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This chapter compares the views of probation officers with the perceptions of lifers. It consider the lifer's view of how the probation service, as the main agency concerned with the support and supervision of life-sentenced offenders, contributed to the prospect of readjustment and resettlement after long-term imprisonment. It also provides an analysis of data from indepth interviews with discretionary life-sentenced offenders, who talked about their perceptions of the purpose, process, and outcomes of probation supervision, their experience of probation contact and its effectiveness, and their assessment of the contribution supervision and other factors made towards tackling problems following release.

Keywords: probation officers; lifers; probation service; life-sentenced offenders; readjustment; resettlement; probation supervision; supervision

Chapter.  12219 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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