By D. Richard Laws PhD, Tony Ward PhD
This booklet deals a clean viewpoint on treating a inhabitants that's usually demonized via policymakers, the general public, or even clinicians. The authors argue that the majority intercourse offenders are "people like us," with the aptitude to steer significant, law-abiding lives—if given an opportunity and acceptable aid. They describe an empirically and theoretically grounded rehabilitation technique, the nice Lives version, which might be built-in with the evaluation and intervention ways that clinicians already use. Drawing at the most modern wisdom approximately components selling desistance from crime, the publication discusses how encouraging certainly happening desistance methods, and at once addressing limitations to group reintegration, could make remedy better and durable. (20110311)
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Chapter 3 The Age–Crime Curve A Brief Overview In the preceding chapters we alluded to the use of the age–crime curve in research without fully explaining what it is. It has prominence for two reasons. First, it is the most robust finding in criminology and has been consistently observed for nearly 180 years. ” Second, the age–crime curve is the pivot on which much of the career criminal and desistance research turns, and therefore requires our attention. What Is It? The age–crime curve was first observed by Adolphe Quételet, a 19th-Â� century Belgian astronomer, mathematician, and statistician.
35–36) summarized the substantive findings of the two studies: •• Age of onset was a key factor in etiology and career criminals started offending early in life. •• Crime declined strongly with age. ” Seriousness of offending also declined with age. •• Delinquent patterns showed stability over the, albeit brief, life course. •• Family variables were the most important factor that distinguished delinquents from nondelinquents. Â€. Â€. ” As we mentioned above, the work of the Gluecks does not represent a theory of desistance.
Perhaps a better way of looking at that list would be to acknowledge its resemblance to any menu of things to be done in social science: there are far more questions than answers and that is as it should be. Many of today’s answers will become tomorrow’s questions. Chapter 3 The Age–Crime Curve A Brief Overview In the preceding chapters we alluded to the use of the age–crime curve in research without fully explaining what it is. It has prominence for two reasons. First, it is the most robust finding in criminology and has been consistently observed for nearly 180 years.