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Desistance from Crime
Desistance from Crime

The term criminal desistance means, quite simply, that an individual who has previously engaged in crime, ceases to do so. Once again, however, as we have seen when it comes to onset and persistence – two concepts that, in theory, look pretty nice and simple – desistance as a concept comes with a set of complications, contradictions, and choices that need to be made by the empirical researcher who considers using it.

In contemporary life-course criminology, the research field of desistance has been given much attention, perhaps because it deals with something that is both highly relevant from a policy-maker’s perspective, as well as empirically and theoretically challenging for researchers.

Defining Desistance

When people who, once they have started, stop committing acts ...

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