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J.C. Barnes, Cody Jorgensen, Daniel Pacheco & Michael TenEyck

In: The Nurture Versus Biosocial Debate in Criminology: On the Origins of Criminal Behavior and Criminality

Chapter 24: The Puzzling Relationship Between Age and Criminal Behavior: A Biosocial Critique of the Criminological Status Quo

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The Puzzling Relationship Between Age and Criminal Behavior: A Biosocial Critique of the Criminological Status Quo
The puzzling relationship between age and criminal behavior: A biosocial critique of the criminological status quo
J.C.BarnesThe University of Texas at Dallas
CodyJorgensenThe University of Texas at Dallas
DanielPachecoThe University of Texas at Dallas
MichaelTenEyckThe University of Texas at Dallas

The age-crime curve is perhaps the best known yet least understood finding in the criminological literature (Shulman, Steinberg, & Piquero, 2013; Sweeten, Piquero, & Steinberg, 2013). The association has been a mainstay of criminological research for more than 200 years with the same general pattern emerging across both time and space (Farrington, 1986). Thus, some have been tempted to conclude that the relationship between age and crime is a just-so relationship; one that ...

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