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After Life Imprisonment: Reentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Marieke Liem


Today, one out of every nine prisoners is serving a life sentence. Even though a proportion is serving a sentence of life without parole, the majority of lifers will at one point be released to society. We know, however, very little on what happens to those sentenced with life imprisonment after release. As they have been removed from society for decades, their re-entry process cannot be equated to that of other delinquents who have served much shorter prison sentences. To shed light on this question, this book discusses the life histories of more than sixty homicide offenders who completed a ... More

Keywords: life sentence, lifers, re-entry, desistance, homicide, incarceration, imprisonment, prison, policy, life history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479806928
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479806928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marieke Liem, author
Leiden University