Female Persistence in Criminal Offending Patterns: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination

Elaine Gunnison, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Developmental criminologists posit that dimensions of offending such as persistence in criminal offending patterns are important in understanding criminality and should be examined. However, patterns of persistence have been largely ignored in criminololgical research. The little empirical research that has been conducted on persistence has focused primarily on males. Therefore, much of the understanding researchers have about persistence in offending patterns cents on male persistence. The research seeks to close this gap. Using data on a sample of females collected from a wothwestern prison, this investigation advances previous research by examining female persistence patterns in crime. The theoretical, research, and policy implications of this study will be discussed.

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