Understanding Violent Crime in the Young Adult Offender: A Review of the Literature

Teressa Price, Pennsylvania State University- Harrisburg

With the major concepts of various theories of crime and/or delinquency as a foundation, this paper explores the life of one young male currently serving a 40-year sentence in a Texas prison. Explanations for the decisions made by this young man are explored through face-to-face interviews, a self-administered survey, and other methods of communication (telephone and mail). The interview protocol and survey instrument include questions that are grounded in criminological theory and tested elsewhere for reliability and validity.

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