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.
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