Lives sentenced: The punishment careers of persistent offenders, Round 1

Schinkel, Marguerite (2017). Lives sentenced: The punishment careers of persistent offenders, Round 1. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-852680

There has been little research examining how those who are punished by the criminal justice system give meaning to their sentences. For many offenders, criminal punishments are not experienced in isolation, but rather are given meaning in the context of wider lives and previous penal experiences. This is especially the case for persistent offenders, who generally have long punishment careers. This research explores how they interpret the accumulation of sentences in their lives. Thirty-seven men and women in Scotland who had been repeatedly sentenced over at least 5-10 years were interviewed, using life history methods.

Data description (abstract)

The data consists of 37 interview transcripts from the first round of Lives Sentenced research. Interviews with thirteen incarcerated men, nine men in the community, twelve incarcerated women and three women in the community are included. The interviews explore the changing meaning of the accumulation of sentences in their lives, and the interactions of these meanings with life outside. Hopes for the future and motivations to desist are also discussed. This data collection includes the first round interviews, which were followed two years later by another round of interviews with 17 of the original participants. These interviews will be deposited in a separate collection.

Data creators:
Creator Name Affiliation ORCID (as URL)
Schinkel Marguerite University of Glasgow
Sponsors: Economic and Social Research Council
Grant reference: ES/K009389/1
Topic classification: Law, crime and legal systems
Society and culture
Keywords: prisoners, punishment, life histories, criminal justice system
Project title: Lives Sentenced: The Punishment Careers of Persistent Offenders - round 1
Alternative title: Life history interviews with men and women who have experienced persistent punishment
Grant holders: Marguerite Schinkel
Project dates:
1 October 20131 June 2017
Date published: 28 Mar 2017 14:23
Last modified: 09 Aug 2017 13:50

Available Files



Read me


data downloads and page views since this item was published

View more statistics


Edit item (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item