ERIC Number: ED162194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Criminal Careers of Habitual Felons.
Petersilia, Joan; And Others
The criminal development of habitual felons was examined by means of lengthy interviews with 49 prison inmates, all armed robbers serving at least their second prison terms. Results are not considered generalized, but should be regarded as 49 case studies. Although some of the findings were consistent with traditional images (juvenile offender transformed into professional criminal), the dominant finding was diversity, both in offenders' personalities and in their conduct. A key conclusion is that many of the traditional assumptions about the development of habitual offenders need to be reconsidered and restudied. (Author/JLL)
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Behavior Development, Correctional Rehabilitation, Criminals, Drug Addiction, Individual Characteristics, Prisoners, Recidivism, Research Projects
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 20402 (Stock no. 027-000-00696-5)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A