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Some Initial Findings and Policy Implications of the Pathways to Desistance Study

NCJ Number
Victims & Offenders Volume: 7 Issue: 4 Dated: October - December 2012 Pages: 407-427
Date Published
October 2012
21 pages

This article discusses the Pathways to Desistance study.


Little is known about how adolescents curtail their offending and make positive adjustments to early adulthood. The Pathways to Desistance study follows 1,354 serious adolescent offenders to provide information about these processes. This paper summarizes some initial findings from the study and lays out their potential policy implications. The findings covered include the variability in the sample, the importance of the link between substance use and offending, and the possible implications of institutional care. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.

Date Published: October 1, 2012