Barry S. Godfrey, David J. Cox and Stephen D. Farrall

in Criminal Lives

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199217205
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696046 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology


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This chapter makes sense of key findings and locates the findings within the wider literature on desistance and the intergenerational transmission of criminality. It contends that to fully appreciate the processes by which people stop offending or their children also become involved in crime, one needs to understand the social institutions and organizations within which their lives are embedded, and the ways in which these same institutions change over medium to long periods of time. Similar social processes may produce differing outcomes from one another at two time-points because of wider historical changes which alter the symbolic meanings they hold for individuals and communities. The chapter describes the continuing development of criminal justice policy towards persistent offenders.

Keywords: desistance; criminal justice policy; social institutions; criminality; children; offending

Chapter.  10687 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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