John Irwin writes about prisons from an unusual academic perspective. Before receiving a Ph.D. in sociology, he served five years in a California state penitentiary for armed robbery. This is his sixth book on imprisonment a an ethnography of prisoners who have served more than twenty years in a California correctional institution. The purpose of the book is to take issue with the conventional wisdom on homicide, societyas purposes of imprisonment, and offendersa reformability. Through the lifersa stories, he reveals what happens to prisoners serving very long sentences in correctional facilities and what this should tell us about effective sentencing policy.Seeking Redemption in Prison John Irwin. drivera#39;s test soon after his release from Angola, the Louisiana State Prison: As so often happens lately, Michael ... He fails the test, another blow in Williamsa#39; quest to put together a life that was taken from him when he was just a boy. ... in two or three of the following programs: sheet metal, welding, plumbing, shoe repair, dry cleaning, and computer repair.
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