Crime in the breaking: Gender differences in desistance

Christopher Uggen, Candace Kruttschnitt

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Despite increasing interest in understanding patterns of criminal behavior over the life course and, especially. desistance from crime, evidence about the predictors of thesee xperiencesh as been derived only from samples of male offenders. We evaluate whether there are gender differences in the predictors of both self-reported illegal earnings and arrest among samples of recently released male and female offenders. Our analysis of gender differences illustrates how both the behavior of the offender and the behavior of law shape our understanding of the transition out of crime. We analyze event history data from a large-scale social experiment that provided employment to male and female offenders. The results indicate that (l) gender differences in the predictors of desistancela rgely depend on the domain of behavior under consideration;(2) indicators of normative status, as opposed to the perceived risks of crime or agegraded informal controls, are particularly important determinants of women's risks of rearrest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Termination of Criminal Careers
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781315085081
ISBN (Print)9780754620853
StatePublished - Jul 5 2017


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