Living a Life More Ordinary: Lifers’ Narratives of Change

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 a Life More Ordinary: Lifers’ Narratives of Change

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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

Chapter.  14380 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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