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NCJ Number: 157325 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Careers of Those Born Between 1953 and 1973
Author(s): P Dowdeswell; J Orme
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
Croydon, Surrey CR0 9YD, England
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Statistics Dept
Lunar House, Room 1834B
40 Wellesley Road
Croydon, Surrey CR0 9YD,
United Kingdom
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Data on criminal careers of those born in England and Wales between 1953 and 1973 indicated that 34 percent of males and 8 percent of females born in 1953 had been convicted of at least one "standard list" offense before the age of 40.
Abstract: For males and females born in 1973, the proportion with at least one conviction was lower than for those born in earlier cohort years, reflecting increased cautioning of young offenders. Nearly 60 percent of all court appearances before the age of 40 for males born in 1953 were attributable to about 20 percent of offenders, or 7 percent of the male population. The majority of offenders had only one court appearance; 55 percent of male offenders and 78 percent of female offenders born in 1953 had only one court appearance. Of males and females born in 1953, 7 percent and 1 percent, respectively, had received a custodial conviction before the age of 40; 50 percent of male offenders and 70 percent of female offenders born in 1953 were first convicted of theft and handling stolen goods. The earlier a male offender had his first court appearance, the more likely he was to be convicted again. About 60 percent of male offenders had criminal careers of less than a year in length. The peak age of known criminal activity for males was 19 years, at which age 11 percent of those born in 1953 were known to be criminally active. 17 notes, 10 tables, and 11 figures
Main Term(s): Foreign crime statistics
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Criminal career patterns; England; Female offenders; Habitual offenders; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile to adult criminal careers; Male female offender comparisons; Male offenders; Offender statistics; Recidivists; Wales
Note: Home Office Statistical Bulletin, Issue 14/95. US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, International Crime Statistics Program
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