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Specialization in Violence: Evidence of a Criminal Subgroup

NCJ Number
122643
Journal
Criminology Volume: 27 Issue: 3 Dated: (August 1989) Pages: 437-453
Author(s)
P Brennan; S Mednick; R John
Date Published
1989
Length
18 pages
Annotation
This study tests the hypothesis that specialization exists for violent offending by examining the criminal arrest records of a Danish birth cohort of 28,884 men.
Abstract
For offenders with more than three arrests, specialization in violence is found to exist. For offenders with fewer than four arrests, specialization in property offending was found to exist. The paper discusses knowledge of past violent offending as a potentially valuable part of the predictive equation of future violence. 2 figures, 4 tables, 24 references. (Author abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 1989