Do the Reasons Why People Stop Offending Vary by Age, Length of Offending Career or Lifestyle Factors?

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Farrall, S. and Shapland, J. 2022. Do the Reasons Why People Stop Offending Vary by Age, Length of Offending Career or Lifestyle Factors? Howard Journal of Crime & Justice. pp. 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12494
AuthorsFarrall, S. and Shapland, J.
Abstract

Research into desistance from crime has progressed enormously in the past three decades. Despite this tremendous growth, some issues remain unexplored. Amongst these is the extent to which the reasons why people stop offending might vary by the age at which they stop, and their previous lifestyles. Herein we explore the extent to which the reasons why people desist are associated with their age, and the length and nature of their criminal career. We find that there are no particular associations between the reasons for their desistance and any of these variables, though social context is important. So particular social contexts are seen by those desisting as key to their wish to desist, but they may occur at different ages and it is when they are salient to that individual that they promote action. We close by discussing why this might be the case and the ramifications for theories of desistance.

Keywordsdesistance from crime ; offending ; social context; age; criminal careers
Year2022
JournalHoward Journal of Crime & Justice
Journal citationpp. 1-21
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN2059-1101
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12494
Web address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/20591101
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Accepted25 Apr 2022
Deposited04 Nov 2022
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