Roadblocks to Resettlement: The Significance of Recall

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

Roadblocks to Resettlement: The Significance of Recall

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This chapter discusses the process of prison recall for discretionary life-sentenced offenders. First, it describes the size of lifer prison population in England and Wales and highlights the increasing number of life sentence prisoners who have been recalled to prison after a period of life licence. It then describes the process of recall in practice for lifers, and depicts the release and recall status for the current cohort of discretionary life-sentenced offenders. Finally, it present lifers' ‘stories of recall’, integrating qualitative analysis of indepth interviews with those lifers in the sub-sample who were interviewed in prison.

Keywords: recall; discretionary life-sentenced offenders; prison population; England; Wales; life licence; lifers

Chapter.  13771 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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