Time Well Spent: Misery, Meaning, and the Opportunity of Incarceration

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Abstract

People often leave prison worse than when they arrived; sometimes, they leave the same. People could leave prison better than when they arrived through a reimagined response to crime. They could be set up to live sustainable, fulfilling, and meaningful lives after prison. This approach could be informed by research on what makes for a meaningful life – regardless of whether a person has come into contact with the criminal justice system. A reimagined corrections could view time spent in prison as an opportunity rather than solely as a punishment; an opportunity to repair harm, empower people, and promote public safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-64
Number of pages21
JournalHoward Journal of Crime and Justice
Volume59
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

Keywords

  • earned redemption
  • meaning
  • prison
  • rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law

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