Experiencing very long term imprisonment from young adulthood: identity, adaptation and penal legitimacy


Interview [format: audio file and Word transcripts] and survey data [format: SPSS and hard-copy], generated with male and female prisoners in England who received long life sentences (minimum 15 years or more) when aged 25 or under. This study will explore the experiences of prisoners who are given very long sentences (15 years or more) when aged under twenty-one. Around one hundred interviews will be conducted with prisoners at various stages of such sentences, as well a smaller number of interviews with prison staff and managers. The main aim is to provide a detailed account of the experiences of these prisoners, focusing on three main areas: - how they cope with (and develop during) such long sentences, and how they manage issues of self and identity. - how they adapt socially to imprisonment, in particular, their relationships with staff and other prisoners, and their levels of compliance, engagement and resistance. - how their sentence conditions and lives prior to imprisonment shape their perceptions of penal legitimacy. The research will contribute to policy and practice in a range of areas, for example, by better informing relevant policymakers and practitioners about the consequences of new sentencing practices, about the needs of this group of very long-term prisoners, and about the operational challenges resulting from the growing number of prisoners serving very long sentences from an early age.

Interviews with male and female prisoners (semi-structured; comprised of 'Life history' and 'Life inside' components); interviews with prison staff (semi-structured); surveys (comprising demographic questions, and Likert-scale items relating to the problems of long-term imprisonment).

DOI https://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-851739
Metadata Access https://datacatalogue.cessda.eu/oai-pmh/v0/oai?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_ddi25&identifier=c9578eca4b9e88dfaa8d5c36efdf52d9bf9a08e8ce07de700fa730d7827fa4a4
Creator Crewe, B, University of Cambridge
Publisher UK Data Service
Publication Year 2015
Funding Reference ESRC
Rights Ben Crewe, University of Cambridge; The Data Collection only consists of metadata and documentation as the data could not be archived due to legal, ethical or commercial constraints. For further information, please contact the contact person for this data collection.
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Resource Type Audio; Numeric; Text
Discipline Criminology; Jurisprudence; Law; Social and Behavioural Sciences
Spatial Coverage England; United Kingdom