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Doing Life: Reflections of Men & Women Serving Life Sentences [Paperback]

By Howard Zehr (Author)
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What does it mean to face a life prison sentence? What have "lifers" learned about life - from having taken a life? Photographer Howard Zehr has interviewed and made portraits of men and women in Pennsylvania prisons who are serving life sentences without possibility of parole. He invited them to choose street clothes to wear, then photographed them in a neutral setting with their eyes engaged by the camera. The result? Readers see the prisoners as people, de-mystified. Brief text accompanies each portrait, the voice of each prisoner speaking openly about the crime each has committed, the utter violation of another person each has caused. They speak of loneliness, missing their children growing up, dealing with the vacuum, caught between death and life.

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This photographic collection of interviews with men and women serving life sentences in prison provides illuminating portraits of the prisoners as they candidly discuss their crimes and their impact and reflect on their feelings, loneliness, and coping with prison life.
What does it mean to face a life prison sentence? What have "lifers" learned about life--from having taken a life? Photographer Howard Zehr has interviewed and made portraits of men and women in Pennsylvania prisons who are serving life sentences without possibility of parole. Readers see the prisoners as people, de-mystified.
Brief text accompanies each portrait, the voice of each prisoner speaking openly about the crime each has committed, the utter violation of another person each has caused. They speak of loneliness, missing their children growing up, dealing with the vacuum, caught between death and life. A timely book.

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Studio: Good Books
Pages   124
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.46" Width: 8.52" Height: 0.28"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2001
Publisher   STL/FAITHWORKS #617
Edition  Original  
ISBN  156148203X  
ISBN13  9781561482030  


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Howard Zehr is widely known as "the grandfather of restorative justice." Since 1996 he has been Professor of Restorative Justice at the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, an international graduate program for justice and peacebuilding practitioners. Howard has published several other portrait/interview books including Doing Life: Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Sentences and Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims (both with Good Books). He has authored numerous other books and publications; best known are The Little Book of Restorative Justice (Good Books) and Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice. He is a frequent speaker and consultant on justice issues in North America and internationally. Zehr has also worked professionally as a photographer.

Howard Zehr currently resides in Harrisonburg.

Howard Zehr has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Justice and Peacebuilding
  2. Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding
  3. Theological Postings


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Making Lifers Human  Sep 27, 2000
You can see by the pictures and words these men and women are not the same people they were many years ago when they were first put in prison. The pictures of each person put a face to the name and made them human.

Long term life sentences is why our prisons are so full today and more have to be built. We will have the "nursing home" prisons where these inmates will have to spend the last days of their life as more and more inmates receive life sentences and grow old in prisons. There is no good purpose for this.

I wish this book was required reading for every lawyer and judge. I wish the public would all read it also. Ann

 
Doing Life: Reflections on Men and Women Doing Life Sentenc  Mar 26, 2000
I bought this book several years ago and have since given it as a gift and used it in teaching opportunities. I have watched as people thumb through it and write down the ISPN # so that they can find/purchase it. It's has to be one of the best books around to make real the personalities of some of those who society has discarded through the process of incarceration. This book is not about criminal justice theory. It's about global humanity. It's TERRIFIC!
 

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