Older Offenders: Perspectives in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Older Offenders: Perspectives in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Older Offenders: Perspectives in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Older Offenders: Perspectives in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Synopsis

This book provides a systematic and scholarly examination of the major questions facing academics and practitioners working in the area of deviance and aging. Drawing on the theoretical and empirical work from established leaders in criminology and criminal justice, the editors provide large sample studies that identify the long-term trends in the area of aging and crime. "This volume is a fine source of data about a minor facet of offensive behavior." Contemporary Sociology

Excerpt

No matter how each term is defined, "elderly criminal" seems somehow incongruous, ludicrous, even--bringing to mind Arsenic and Old Lace or the over-the-hill gang--and, at best a trivial problem. "Elderly crime victim" is much more understandable, pathetic in fact. Granny-bashing is as repellent as child abuse.

Yet two major trends in American society, crime and aging, are inexorably creeping upward. Crime rates may fluctuate because of all sorts of factors from police reporting procedures to legislative "get-tough," (or, more rarely, decriminalizing) actions. But the aging of our population is certain, and, with the exception of some booms and echo booms in birth rates, nearly linear as we simultaneously move toward zero population growth and increased longevity.

Serious social science research in American criminology is really only a little over a half-century old. This can be disputed, I suppose, by naming a few studies by a few pioneers of earlier times. But major scientific attention to accurate crime measurement and the development of theories of crime measurement and the development of theories of crime causation is comparatively recent. and criminal justice, meaning the careful analysis of the processing of suspected to convicted criminals is even newer, dating, with the exception of a few early crime commisson reports, only since World War II.

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