ERIC Number: ED253829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-7
Reference Count: 0
Increased Criminal Behavior by the Elderly: Concerns for the Justice System.
Bachand, Donald J.
This paper summarizes some of the data on arrest patterns and demographic trends relating to criminal behavior in the elderly. Variations in the crime rate by age and population are discussed, as is unreported elderly crime. Six tables describe the percentage distribution of arrests for all offenses by age groups, percentage distribution of arrests for index offenses by age groups, mean percentage distribution of arrests for all offenses by selected age groups, population projections for those aged 55 and over, percentage of total arrests from 1971 to 1980 for those aged 55 and over, and total arrests by offense category for those aged 55 and over. Factors contributing to economic crimes perpetrated by the elderly are suggested. Recommendations concerning training, policy, and procedural concerns for the various segments of the criminal justice system, and a rationale for incorporating gerontological studies into criminal justice curriculums are presented. The need for educating judicial personnel and elderly defendents is also addressed. (JAC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology (Cincinnati, OH, November 6-9, 1984).