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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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Becoming Easy

Becoming Easy

(p.16) Chapter One Becoming Easy
Too Easy to Keep

Steve Herbert

University of California Press

An “easy keeper” is a life-sentenced prisoner who develops steady routines and works to improve the communities of which they are part, largely through providing mentoring to younger inmates. This chapter reviews the processes through which lifers mature into their role as an easy keeper. These prisoners undergo a steady maturation. They come to terms with their crime, and thereby feel compelled to pursue projects of redemption and atonement. These efforts at redemption deserve greater consideration in discussions of punishment policy.

Keywords:   Atonement, easy keeper, life sentences, punishment, redemption, rehabilitation, retribution

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