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After Life ImprisonmentReentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration$
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Marieke Liem

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479806928

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479806928.001.0001

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A Life Sentence

A Life Sentence

(p.71) 5 A Life Sentence
After Life Imprisonment

Marieke Liem

NYU Press

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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