Predicting Persistent Young Offenders

  • David P. Farrington


In the United Kingdom in the 1990s, there has been a great deal of concern with persistent young offenders. This has arisen partly because a large increase in crime in the 1980s — and especially in the types of crimes particularly committed by young people, such as burglary and taking vehicles — coincided with a decrease in the number of recorded juvenile offenders. Because crime was increasing while the prevalence of juvenile offending was decreasing, it was argued, the average juvenile offender must be committing more crimes. Hence, there was the perception that the number of persistent young offenders — as opposed to young offenders in general — was increasing.


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