CO-OFFENDING AND THE AGE- CRIME CURVE

Bacanovic, Oliver and Susak, Ivona (2018) CO-OFFENDING AND THE AGE- CRIME CURVE. "St. Kliment Ohridski" University - Bitola, Bitola, Macedonia. ISBN 978-9989-870-79-8

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Abstract

One of the most consistent findings across studies on offending in different countries is the age- crime curve. The relationship between age and crime is of an asymmetrical bell shape, showing that the prevalence of offending (the percentage of offenders in a population) tends to increase from late childhood, peaks in the teenage years (around 15-19), and then declines from the early 20s, often with a long tail. Although the age crime-crime curve is well documented and is regarded as "one of the brute facts in criminology", the causal mechanisms underlining the relationship remain in dispute. In this paper, we will analyze some of the factors that determine the position of the curve. The focus is on co-offending as a dominant form of offending among juveniles because of the enhanced salience of peer pressure during adolescence, and that this enhanced propensity to co-offend is pivotal for understanding the age-crime curve. Keywords: co-offending, age-crime curve, theories, group, juveniles

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Law
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Faculty of Security
Depositing User: Mr Mladen Kradzoski
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 10:04
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2019 10:04
URI: http://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/1964

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