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NCJ Number: 32890 Find in a Library
Title: TWENTY-SEVEN ROBBERS
Journal: BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY  Volume:16  Issue:1  Dated:(JANUARY 1976)  Pages:56-62
Author(s): J GUNN; J GRISTWOOD
Corporate Author: Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency
London, EC4 P4EE, England
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: NINETY LONG-TERM PRISONERS WERE STUDIED, TWENTY-SEVEN OF WHOM WERE CONVICTED OF ARMED ROBBERY: THE GROUP OF ROBBERS WAS COMPARED WITH THE OTHER PRISONERS ON THEIR VIOLENT AND AGGRESSIVE TENDENCIES.
Abstract: COMPARISONS BETWEEN THE ROBBERS AND OTHER LONG-TERM PRISONERS REVEALED VERY FEW SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES EXCEPT THAT THE ROBBERS WERE YOUNGER, RATED BY US AS MORE VIOLENT AND BY THEMSELVES AS LESS LIKELY TO GET ANGRY UNDER STRESS THAN OTHER PRISONERS. A CLASSIFICATION SUGGESTED BY MCCLINTOCK AND GIBSON ENABLED US TO SEPARATE THE MORE PROFESSIONAL ROBBERS; THESE MEN, HOWEVER, HARDLY DIFFERED ON OUR VARIABLES FROM THE OTHER ROBBERS EXCEPT THAT WE HAD RATED THEM AS SLIGHTLY LESS VIOLENT AND THEY HAD COLLECTED FEWER CONVICTIONS. TEN MEN HAD PREVIOUS ROBBERY CONVICTIONS; THEY SAW THEMSEVLES AS MORE ASSAULTATIVE, MORE VERBALLY VIOLENT, LESS GUILT-RIDDEN AND MORE PRONE TO STEAL UNDER STRESS THAN THEIR FIRSTTIMER COMPATRIOTS. THE AUTHORS CONCLUDED THAT THE ROBBER IS A SPECIALISED THIEF WITH A SPECIAL ATTITUDE AND A SPECIAL SKILL WHICH HE HAS LEARNED ON HIS CRIMINAL ROAD. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; England; Inmates; Offender classification; Offenders; Professional criminals; Robbery; Violence
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