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Too Easy to KeepLife-Sentenced Prisoners and the Future of Mass Incarceration$
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Steve Herbert

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520300507

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520300507.001.0001

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The Easy Keeper

The Easy Keeper

(p.1) Introduction The Easy Keeper
Too Easy to Keep

Steve Herbert

University of California Press

“Easy keeper” is a term deployed inside prisons to identify those inmates whose steady daily routines and self-betterment projects make their institutions more stable and manageable. This Introduction explores the concept of the “easy keeper” and explains its centrality to the book. The Introduction also outlines the book’s main arguments. It reviews the data that are central to the analysis and the main philosophical commitments upon which the arguments rest. It also reviews the rise in life sentences in the United States, and explains why the plight of the growing number of life-sentenced prisoners deserves greater consideration in punishment policy.

Keywords:   Easy keeper, life sentences, punishment, rehabilitation, retribution, sentencing policy

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