Age as a Criminological Variable
Since the dawn of scientific criminology, age has been identified as the most important criminological variable. On the basis of their statistical studies of criminality, Guerry and Quetelet declared that age is the factor that has the greatest impact on crime. In 1839 Quetelet wrote:
of all the causes which influence the development of propensity to crime, or which diminish that propensity, age is unquestionably the most energetic.
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Chapter Two: Recommended Readings
- Cullen, F.T. et al. 1985 The Rise of the Elderly Offender, Will a New Criminal be Invented? Crime and Social Justice, 23:151–165Google Scholar
- Inciardi, J.A. 1987 Crime and the Elderly: A Construction of Official Rates. In C.D. Chambers et al. (Eds) The Elderly: Victims and Deviants, Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. pp. 177–190.Google Scholar
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