Comparing sentences, comparing offences (part 2)

This is the second of two posts thinking about how lifers (and others) might compare what it means to have different lengths of sentence. In the last post I published, a lifer I called Richard mused about what it meant to him to have the same tariff as other men in his prison workplace, whose […]

Comparing sentences, comparing offences (part 1)

This is the first of two posts thinking about how lifers (and others) might compare what it means to have different lengths of sentence. Selecting participants on tariff length One thing that has been on my mind lately is how to select a sample of people to interview. I’ll be working in two different prisons, […]

Notes: how lifers adapt to imprisonment (part 2)

This is the second of two posts noting my thoughts about a recent study on life imprisonment. The first post can be found here. Questions raised by this research Institutionalisation? In my experience, one of the common-sense ideas people refer to when talking about imprisonment is that prisoners come out ‘institutionalised’. The term goes back […]

Notes: how lifers adapt to imprisonment (part 1)

Another post on my reading, this time on a set of articles I’ve re-read recently while revisiting the Masters research I carried out in 2017. I’m writing up the latter for ‘proper’ publication in a peer-reviewed journal, as a means of revisiting my findings and thinking through exactly what it is that I am trying […]

Lifers and the ‘right to hope’

A new campaign This post comes in the context of a meeting I attended in London earlier this week, convened by Penal Reform International. Attendees from a range of countries in both the global North and South all had some interest in the issue of life imprisonment. The aim was to explore how a global […]

Life sentences: the long view

The Prison Reform Trust has published its Bromley Briefing today – an indispensable twice-yearly compilation of facts and figures on the criminal justice system in the UK. Of particular interest to me and to anyone interested in life imprisonment is the section near the beginning dealing with life sentences in comparative and long-term perspective. This […]