Lives Sentenced: Life history interviews with men and women who have experienced persistent punishment, Round 2

Schinkel, Marguerite (2018). Lives Sentenced: Life history interviews with men and women who have experienced persistent punishment, Round 2. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-852804

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, 17 of them twice, using life history methods.

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The data consists of 17 interview transcripts from the second round of Lives Sentenced research. Interviews with six incarcerated men, five men in the community, five incarcerated women and one woman in the community are included. The interviews explore the two years since the first interview, but still focus on 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.

Data creators:
Creator NameEmailAffiliationORCID (as URL)
Schinkel, Margueritemarguerite.schinkel@glasgow.ac.ukUniversity of Glasgowhttp://orcid.org/0000-0001-5804-5701
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 2
Grant holders: Dr Marguerite Schinkel
Project dates:
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1 October 201331 July 2017
Date published: 09 Aug 2017 13:44
Last modified: 06 Aug 2018 17:32

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