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The Criminal Career

The Criminal Career
The Danish Longitudinal Study

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Criminology

  • Date Published: December 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521815154

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  • Britta Kyvsgaard examines the nature of the "criminal career" through her longitudinal analysis of 45,000 Danish offenders. The data, unparalleled in size and quality, allows the accurate analysis of criminal behavior, even among relatively small demographic subgroups. Kyvsgaard determines offending patterns for males and females, juveniles and middle-aged adults, and employed and unemployed individuals. Furthermore, she examines the effects of deterrence and incapacitation. Her findings suggest that rehabilitation is worthy of further research.

    • Covers all the parameters of the criminal career from an empirical point of view and reveals patterns not shown in any previous study
    • Utilizes data of unparalleled size and quality, examining the offending patterns of 334,000 subjects over a thirteen-year period
    • Provides a comparative look at the generalizability of career patterns across nations
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521815154
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 20 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The career concept in criminological research
    Part I. Objectives, Methodology and Sample:
    2. Objectives
    3. Methodology and Validity
    4. Data and Data Quality
    5. The longitudinal design
    6. Crime trends and criminal policy in Denmark
    Part II. The Criminal Career:
    7. Prevalence
    8. Individual crime frequencies
    9. Criminal onset
    10. Recidivism and duration of the criminal career
    11. Desistance from the criminal career
    12. Specialization or versatility in the type of offenses
    13. Escalation in the seriousness of crime
    Part III. Sanctions and Deterrence:
    14. The incapacitative effects of sanctions
    15. The deterrent effect of sanctions
    16. Punishment, treatment, and the pendulum
    Part IV. Discussion of Results:
    17. The contributions and challenges of criminal career research.

  • Author

    Britta Kyvsgaard, Danish Ministry of Justice, Copenhagen

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