Developmental Criminology

Developmental Criminology - 11/27/2006 8:58:00 AM...

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27/11/2006 08:58:00 Developmental Criminology (Life-force Criminology) Looks at person’s biography and changes across person’s biography Sutherland argued that what we need is a kind of historical theory that takes  into account changes in a person’s biography.  o Never quite developed perspective he was advocating Primarily concerned with  transitivity  of criminal behavior o Involves extent to which a person will remain engaged in criminal  behavior from one time to the next o Speaking about consistency of criminal behavior across person’s  biography o High degree Great deal of consistency in criminal behavior  Remains criminal throughout life Concerned with  desistence  of crime o People quitting crime Two Types: o Population heterogeneity Posit that there is one variable that causes crime across a  person’s life Typically involves one sort of trait
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