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Aaron Barnett Question 1, A There is an undeniable correlation between age and crime. As it says in “Age and the Explanation of Crime” by Hirschi and Gottfredson, “. .age is one of the brute facts in criminology.” No matter what theory you look through that as age goes up past the adolescent years, crime goes down. According to the life-Course explanation the major events that happen in your life such as “leaving school, marriage, and gainful employment” have no impact on crime (p.69). There was a study that followed people aged 18-21 and it followed their criminality over these 3 years through self reports. This study compared Single and married people as well. In the data there was no correlation found between criminality and marriage. The only thing that was found was that as people transitioned from 18 to 21 their crime went down. Another thing that was brought up in class is the theory that you gain self-control early on in life which then carries over when you’re older. When people are children they develop bonds to family and school. If these bonds are greater, then the chance of them acting out against the norm decreases. This is an example of control theory. The problem with this theory however is
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2010 for the course SOC 371 taught by Professor Crutchfield during the Spring '10 term at University of West Georgia.

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