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NCJ Number: 229832 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Co-Offending
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:50  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:66-81
Author(s): Martin A. Andresen; Marcus Felson
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 16
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper focuses on youth co-offending in comparison to older individuals.
Abstract: Co-offending has a major impact on the arithmetic of crime rates and the burdens on the justice system. This paper studies co-offending by single year of age using data that comprise 750,000 negative police contacts (those charged, chargeable and suspected in criminal offenses) in a largely metropolitan dataset from British Columbia, Canada, 2002–06. We find that shifts in co-offending rates within teenage years are extremely rapid and highly sensitive to sample age ranges, such that a single co-offending rate for all teenagers is misleading. Co-offending opens a range of policy options and issues concerning the presence of youth hangouts and offender convergence settings that can assist the search for suitable co-offenders. Table, figures, and references (Published Abstracts)
Main Term(s): Juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Age group comparisons; Canada; Data collection devices; Data collections; Foreign criminal justice research; Multiple offenders
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