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Accession Number PB2014-107130
Title Criminal Career Patterns.
Publication Date May 2014
Media Count 2p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract This bulletin discusses the criminal careers of offenders, specifically the links between offending patterns in adolescence and in adulthood. Many empirical studies have documented the prevalence (proportion of individuals who participate in crime at any given time) of offending in criminal careers. Most studies indicate that prevalence peaks in the teenage years (around ages 15-19) and then declines in the early 20s. Although most individuals self-report involvement in some form of delinquent or criminal behavior by early adulthood, official records from police contacts, arrests and convictions yield a much smaller prevalence estimate (about 20-40 percent depending on data source, follow-up period, and so forth). In self-reported crime, prevalence peaks in the early teens; according to official records, the peak occurs in later adolescence. These figures also vary by crime type, with minor crimes peaking earlier and serious crimes peaking later. In studies that provide information on offending across race and gender, the evidence tends to show that males and minorities (especially African-Americans) show an earlier and higher prevalence peak than females and whites.
Keywords Crimes
Criminal careers
Criminal justice
Juvenile delinquency
Young adults

Source Agency Office of Justice Programs.
NTIS Subject Category 91C - Fire Services, Law Enforcement, & Criminal Justice
43 - Problem Solving Information for State & Local Governments
92C - Social Concerns
Corporate Author Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1419
Contract Number N/A

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