Unit 8 final project_Phil Sumner

Unit 8 final project_Phil Sumner - 1 L ife Life Long...

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Life 1 Life Long Offenders Phil Sumner Critical Issues in Corrections Professor Fox April 21, 2009
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Life 2 When most of us think of our life we tend to think of happy things that we have encountered over the years and the happy things in the future that help us strive to go on. Most of us are lucky enough to be able to think those thoughts. Inmates with life sentences can only think of the past to help them make it through each day. Inmates sentenced to life have to wake up each and every day knowing that prison will be home for the rest of their days. While a person out in the free world can’t fathom the thought of spending the rest of their lives in jail inmates must learn to conquer this empty feeling of never being free again. In this paper I will give examples of how inmates with these lengthy sentences adjust to life in prison, I will also discuss various programs that have been set up to help these individuals make it through each and every day. I will then discuss how the public views these inmates. I will give a specific example of an inmate and how he deals with each and every day knowing he may never see freedom again. To conclude this paper I will give my personal views and opinions of the inmates with life sentences. As statistics show 8.2% of the inmate population is serving a life sentence. This breaks down to 65,281 men and 2,482 women (Davis, 1990) who have to learn to adjust to the prison setting for the rest of their lives. Generally lifers adjust just as any other prisoner would and in some cases better, but not without help. 75% of lifers have never been incarcerated before this point (John Howard Society of Alberta, 1998). Different programs have been developed to help inmates deal with the adjustment of knowing they have a life sentence, one in particular program is “In Reach” (John Howard Society of Alberta, 1998). In reach is a program that is run by former life sentenced inmates that have managed to make parole. The function of in reach is to help inmates cope and adjust to the prison setting. In reach helps long term inmates manage their
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Life 3 sentence by encouraging them not to get institutionalized. Project in reach does various things to include one on one interviews with lifers, giving pointers to new comers on how to survive in prison, informing inmates about judicial reviews, and helping inmates plan their release plans
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