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Research on Criminal Careers, Part 1

Alfred Blumstein

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/9780199917938.003.0013
Research on Criminal Careers, Part 1

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This chapter summarizes key quantitative aspects of criminal career studies, including such parameters as initiation, duration, and termination, and in between, frequency, seriousness of the offenses, and crime mix including specialization. It stresses that despite advances, there is a great need to build a more complete and comprehensive knowledge base of delinquency career characteristics using official and self-reported delinquency records based on longitudinal data from multiple sites and from multiple countries. It emphasizes the importance of trajectory research and research on co-offending, that future studies should include measures of genetics and brain functioning, and that the study of gene-environment interactions will become more important than it is now. It makes the case that more research is needed to examine the impact of different justice policies and practices on criminal career parameters.

Keywords: criminal career studies; delinquency; trajectory research; co-offending; gene-environment interaction

Chapter.  3895 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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