Munn, M. (2011). Living in the aftermath: the impact of lengthy incarceration on post-
carceral success. The Howard Journal, 50(3), 233-246. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-
Melissa Munn, a professor at Okanagan College in Canada, attempts to prove that
there is a possibility of success for ex-convicts who have been released after serving
long term sentences. There has been much research on the negative effects of long
term imprisonment, however, there is very little research on those who have
managed to overcome all the obstacles and lead a successful life after prison.
Through interviews of ex-convicts, the author learns that although there are many
obstacles these men must face in their relationships with others, the way they learn
to deal with their freedom, and their paranoia of being sent back, there are those who
manage to lead relatively normal lives. This study contradicts my hypothesis that
long term prison sentences hinder a person’s ability to live normal lives in society.