Life (NBC TV Series) - Themes and Characteristics - Imprisonment

Imprisonment

A prominent theme in Life is the effect of imprisonment, both physically and mentally, on ex-convicts, particularly on the characters of Charlie Crews and Ted Earley. Several episodes deal prominently with the effect on Crews, such as his use of a knife in a confrontation vs his service weapon ("Let Her Go"); his desire to keep his house as spacious as possible ("Let Her Go"); his insight into guards ("Serious Control Issues") and the connections existing between (ex-)convicts ("Fill It Up").

Several references are made during the course of the show to the time Crews spent in prison, which is 12 years. For example, in "Dig a Hole", characters recurrently ask the question "Who knows where they were ten years ago?", to which Crews continually responds that he does. Similarly, another recurrent theme is Crews' lack of knowledge concerning current technology because of his time incarcerated.

The episode "Serious Control Issues" focuses on a teenager that was abducted as a child and the similarities that exist between him and Crews.

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Imprisonment

Imprisonment is a legal term. It refers to the restraint of a person's liberty.

The book Termes de la Ley contains the following definition:

Imprisonment is no other thing than the restraint of a man's liberty, whether it be in the open field, or in the stocks, or in the cage in the streets or in a man's own house, as well as in the common gaols; and in all the places the party so restrained is said to be a prisoner so long as he hath not his liberty freely to go at all times to all places whither he will without bail or mainprise or otherwise.

This passage was approved by Atkin and Duke LJJ in Meering v Grahame White Aviation Co.

See also Bird v Jones (1845) 7 QB 742, (1845) 115 ER 668, (1845) 15 LJQB 82, (1845) 9 Jur 870, (1845) 10 JP 4, (1845) 5 LT (OS) 406.

Imprisonment without lawful cause is a tort called false imprisonment.

Imprisonment is a type of sentence.

See also English criminal law#General power of Crown Court to impose a sentence of imprisonment on conviction on indictment.

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    ... imprisonment itself, entailing loss of liberty, loss of citizenship, separation from family and loved ones, is punishment enough for most individuals, no matter how favorable the circumstances under which the time is passed.
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