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Does the Study of the Age-Crime Curve Have a Future?

Rolf Loeber

in The Future of Criminology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917938
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950430 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917938.003.0002
Does the Study of the Age-Crime Curve Have a Future?

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This chapter considers the properties of the age-crime curve. It revisits factors—such as neighborhoods, cohorts, and impulsivity—that influence the height and the breadth of the curve. It shows by means of simulation studies that interventions are likely to reduce the curve and, thereby, decrease the prevalence of offenders in populations of young people.

Keywords: age-crime curve; neighborhoods; cohorts; impulsivity; simulation studies; interventions; offenders; young people

Chapter.  3015 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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