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Life after Life Imprisonment$
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Catherine Appleton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582716

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582716.001.0001

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Living on Life Licence: Lifers’ Perceptions of Supervision

Living on Life Licence: Lifers’ Perceptions of Supervision

(p.105) 4 Living on Life Licence: Lifers’ Perceptions of Supervision
Life after Life Imprisonment

Catherine A Appleton

Oxford University Press

This chapter compares the views of probation officers with the perceptions of lifers. It consider the lifer's view of how the probation service, as the main agency concerned with the support and supervision of life-sentenced offenders, contributed to the prospect of readjustment and resettlement after long-term imprisonment. It also provides an analysis of data from indepth interviews with discretionary life-sentenced offenders, who talked about their perceptions of the purpose, process, and outcomes of probation supervision, their experience of probation contact and its effectiveness, and their assessment of the contribution supervision and other factors made towards tackling problems following release.

Keywords:   probation officers, lifers, probation service, life-sentenced offenders, readjustment, resettlement, probation supervision, supervision

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